Abbas, Trump to meet in Washington
Trump to meet with Abbas, encourage steps towards peacePalestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is set to meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House later today (Wednesday). Trump will demand that the Palestinian Authority stop funding terrorists and put an end to the incitement to violence.
As reported earlier by JOL, US President Donald Trump will meet today (Wednesday) with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who landed in Washington last night and will be staying in the city for three days. Even before the meeting, the Associated Press reported that Trump will "pressure" Abbas to stop offering payments to families of prisoners incarcerated in Israeli prisons.
Quoting officials in Washington, the AP reported that the Trump administration believes that such a demand will help in re-introducing peace negotiations with Israel. The US president is also expected to raise a number of other issues during his first face-to-face meeting with the PA chairman including changing the anti-Israeli rhetoric and putting an end to the incitement and encouragement of violence.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated this week that the PA laws that offer aid to convicted terrorists are harmful to peace efforts. In the past, Republican members of Congress had raised the issue with the president. After the meeting, the two leaders are expected to make statements to the media.
Gilad Erdan, Israel's Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information, expressed hope that Trump would present Abbas with what he considers the "two major obstacles" to peace: The first being the Palestinian Authority's attacks against Israel internationally “including the efforts to delegitimize Israel in the UN and promote the boycott against Israel.” The second factor is the incitement to terror and violence- which goes hand in hand with giving money to prisoners. "True peace will only be possible when the Palestinian Authority rejects the path of hatred, incitement and boycotts," Erdan said.
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