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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Hadwin owned a two-shot advantage on the par-4 16th hole, but his drive found the water and a double bogey tied him with Cantlay. He had four birdies on the day and parred the rest of the Copperhead Course.
Marquette To Face South Carolina In NCAA Championship
The Gamecocks were selected to play in Greenville at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Friday against the No.10 seed, Marquette. If history is any indicator, there will nearly certainly be some ACC flavor in town for the NCAA Tournament.
US sending 400 troops to bolster Raqa offensive
Maintaining peace between the groups in Manbij will be crucial if they will work together in the battle for Raqqa. Turkish Armed Forces said on Friday it killed at least 71 YPG militants in northern Syria over the past week.
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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Even though it may be the third in the Despicable Me trilogy, Illumination has expressed no interest in ending the franchise. In 2015 "Minions" grossed over $336M domestically for Universal, the film then went on to make $823M globally.
Child in need of a heart transplant escorted through storm
Road crews are preparing for the worst as a blizzard is expected to hit the region tonight and continue until Tuesday afternoon. Drivers are urged to postpone travel during the storm, drive carefully and use caution around snow plows.
BJP-led NDA set to form govt in Manipur, Goa
Rane, the Congress MLA from Valpoi and son of Pratapsingh Rane, had also announced that he was quitting the party. The Congress moved the SC on March 13, claiming the Governor's decision to appoint Mr.
Parrikar likely to resign as India's defence minister
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office to Parrikar at the Raj Bhavan here. Singh said the Congress party is in touch with "the non-BJP MLAs to form the government".
Carlos the Jackal to face trial over 1974 Paris terror attack
A year after the Drugstore Publicis attack, Carlos sprang to global recognition in the 1975 hostage-taking of OPEC oil ministers. If convicted at the end of the new trial before a special terrorism court, he could get a third life sentence.
Durban loses 2022 Commonwealth Games
South Africa has also been viewed as a possible future Olympic host, but Sam said that was "definitely not on the table" for now.
Powers Real Madrid, Barcelona set for Miami showcase in July
The game resulted in a 1-0 win for Real, courtesy of a goal from former manager Vicente del Bosque. El Clasico will be played at the home of National Football League side Miami Dolphins this summer.
Pennsylvania 3-year-old dies in house fire caused by hoverboard
It cited the local fire chief as saying the family heard " sizzling and crackling " coming from the board and an outlet. Dennis DeVoe , of Stewartstown and a 21-year veteran firefighter, was killed responding to a fire on Friday night.
MI bounces Gophers from Big Ten tournament
Thankfully, they were safe, but they also were shaken, having just experienced one of the scariest moments of their lives. MI is the tournament's No. 8 seed while Wisconsin is seeded 2nd, Minnesota was seeded 4th and Northwestern is seeded 6th.
United States mortgage activity rises to highest since December: MBA
That share was a more manageable 7.7% last week, and the 27-year history has the ARM share at 13.9%. However, in early Friday trading, the bond market was calm, with yields holding mostly steady.