Trump has historic opportunity to solve Israel-Palestine conflict: Hamas

"We will get this done", Trump told Abbas during a joint appearance at the White House, saying he was prepared to act a mediator, facilitator or arbitrator between the two sides.

Trump began his remarks in the Oval Office on Wednesday by praising Abbas for his work on the "very important" 1993 agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, called the Oslo I Accords, "which laid the foundation for peace".

But as president, Trump has yet to take steps to fulfill that promise and has declined to lay out a concrete roadmap to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

He's taking that as a challenge, and says: "Let's see if we can prove them wrong, OK?"

Abbas said Palestine was the only nation in the world living under occupation.

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Speaking through a translator, Abbas told Trump that under "your courageous stewardship and your wisdom, as well as your great negotiations ability", the Palestinians would be partners seeking an "historic peace treaty". But in a February news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump broke with longtime USA policy by raising the idea of a one-state peace agreement, withholding clear support for an independent Palestine.

However, Trump did not mention his support for a two-state solution, a longstanding USA stance on the issue. "It's something that I think is frankly maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years, but we need two willing parties", Trump said.

Trump ignored a question from a reporter about whether he still plans to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem.

A group of three influential Republican senators have called on Trump to ask Abbas to stop funding Palestinian prisoners and their families.

The long-shot effort to bring peace - which has eluded U.S. presidents since the 1970s - got off to a rocky start early in Trump's administration.

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Trump was set to have dinner with religious leaders at the White House Wednesday evening, ahead of an expected signing of an executive order on religious liberty. "We believe that it is possible to reach a solution". Other actions include a Palestinian end to anti-Israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting. "Mr. President, it's about time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land after 50 years".

However, at the same time, Mr Trump has urged Israel to hold back on settlement building in the West Bank, which has been a long-standing source of tensions in the region.

But while Trump spoke broadly about his desires for a peace deal and some of the barriers to a deal, Abbas drilled down on the specific complaints and demands of Palestinians.

Abbas, for his part, continued the Palestinian Authority's long-held position that a long-term peace agreement requires a separate Palestinian state, bounded by territorial borders as they were in 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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