Polls: Most Palestinians Skeptical of Trump Peace Efforts

Polls: Most Palestinians Skeptical of Trump Peace Efforts

Polls: Most Palestinians Skeptical of Trump Peace Efforts

Greenblatt also emphasized during the meeting that Trump feels that allowing for the development of the Palestinian economy and improving Palestinians' quality of life is important. Abbas met with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Ramallah in mid-February. He said his meeting with Greenblatt was positive.

"They [Abbas and Greenblatt] reaffirmed the commitment of both the Palestinian authority and the United States to advance the genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians", the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv said in a statement.

State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner says that Greenblatt's trip to Israel and the West Bank is "the first of what will become many visits to the region".

While addressing the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC during the presidential race a year ago, Trump observed that "it's really the parties that must negotiate a resolution themselves", rather than have one imposed by third parties.

His platform made no mention of Palestinian statehood, a key goal of the USA and worldwide community for two decades. "President Abbas committed to preventing inflammatory rhetoric and incitement", according to the statement.

Palestinians argue that Israeli settlements in the West Bank hinder the possibility of a deal.

Some Israelis are wondering if the president may be backtracking on some of his promises. With the Palestinians, he discussed plans to help grow their economy.

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The Palestinian gross domestic product now stands at approximately $300 million annually, far less than neighboring Israel's GDP, which is upwards of $12 billion. The envoy says Trump is interested in promoting Palestinian economic growth.

"President Abbas assured Mr. Greenblatt that he is fully committed to creating an atmosphere that is conducive to making peace and would heighten his outreach efforts to the Israeli public", the consulate general announced.

Netanyahu issued a statement later Tuesday describing his talks with Greenblatt the night before as "good" and "in depth". It was the first phone call between the two leaders since Trump took office. "I can live with either one", he said in a joint press conference last month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two discussed working out an approach to settlement construction in ways that are "consistent with the goal of advancing peace and security".

Channel 2 TV said Netanyahu wants to reach understandings with the envoy on settlement building in some areas, in part to appease pro-settler hardliners in his coalition.

Settlement activity has been on the rise since Trump was sworn in January - thousands more have been approved in three separate plans.

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