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May 9, 2017 1:01 pm

Palestinian Authority Officials Claim ‘New Bond’ With Trump Administration, Top Ramallah-Based Paper Reports

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Trump at the White House, May 3, 2017. Photo: Screenshot.

An insider account of the events surrounding last week’s meeting between US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reveals optimism among Palestinian officials regarding the new White House occupant.

The account — published in the Ramallah-based Al-Ayyam daily newspaper, which is close to Abbas — is titled “The Secrets and Details of President [Abbas’] Visit and Talks in the US Capital.”

“The observers were unanimous that President Abbas received an unusually [warm] welcome in the White House,” the Al-Ayyam report — translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute — said. “The Palestinian flag was prominently displayed in many places, especially in the historic Roosevelt Room, where it…stood behind the US president as he gave his address.”

According to Al-Ayyam, there was a good deal of anxiety among Abbas and his colleagues following Trump’s inauguration in January. But, the paper continued, “after talking a great deal about the cold shoulder turned to Abbas by the new inhabitant of the White House, and the implications [of this attitude], analysts found themselves faced with a sight that even many Palestinian officials had not imagined they would see. [Thanks to preparatory] measures and arrangements that preceded the meeting at the White House, a new bond was formed that is bound to become [even] clearer during Trump’s visit to Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. ”

Trump will be visiting Israel later this month. There has been no official confirmation from the White House that the president will meet with Abbas in Bethlehem.

Key Trump administration officials — including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, international negotiations representative Jason Greenblatt and senior adviser Jared Kushner — were all singled out for praise in the Al-Ayyam report.

Al-Ayyam claimed that Pompeo had been so encouraged by a meeting with Abbas in January that he told his Palestinian host, “I will now go [straight] to the airport and [fly to] Washington, for I want to present the minutes of this meeting to President Trump, who has a meeting scheduled tonight with [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu.”

The paper said Abbas was most encouraged by his meetings with Greenblatt, who met with the Palestinian leader both in Ramallah and on the sidelines of a recent Arab League summit in Jordan.

After meeting with Kushner, Abbas reportedly described him as “a polite man who wanted to gain a good understanding of the situation [and who] asked very polite questions about all the topics he wished to understand.”

On the eve of the meeting with Trump, the paper said, “Palestinian officials differed in their assessments. Some expected a smooth and easy meeting while others were afraid of last-minute surprises.” In the end, the paper continued, “The meeting went as Palestinian officials hoped it would, and was very positive, as was clearly evident from President [Abbas’] reception at the White House.”

Abbas was quoted as having made clear to Trump his support for a two-state solution. Abbas is said to have told Trump that there were two alternatives that would not work. “[The first option] is a racist discriminatory state, in which there are two regimes, [one for Palestinians and another for Jews], as is the case today in the Palestinian territories,” he said. “Obviously, we will never agree to this and nobody in the world will agree to it. [The second option] is a binational state. I believe that they [the Israelis] reject this [option] out of hand, and I have [in fact] heard this from [them] on more than one occasion. So we are left with the solution of two states: a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, and Israel. We want a state in those borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

In the aftermath of the Trump-Abbas meeting, Netanyahu said the desire to advance the peace process “is something we fervently share with the president.” At the same time, the Israeli leader excoriated Abbas for claiming that Palestinians promote a “culture of peace.”

“I heard President Abbas yesterday say that the Palestinians teach their children peace,” Netanyahu said. “That’s unfortunately not true. They name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists.”

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  • rtwngr

    There will never be a Palestinian State with the 1967 borders. That would jeopardize Israeli security and also cut off many citizens who built houses. It is however a negotiating point that Israel can trade off and give the Palestinians something else in return for their mutual security. This is an example where preconditions poison the talks before they begin. Abbas and his friends need to learn the art of the deal. They got lesson one – treat everyone with respect.


    President Trump has no affection for a murderer as is Abbas who engineered the assassination of Israeli athletes.
    Trump’s just a smart negotiator not a buddy.

  • Bob

    Typical muslim deception, it’s called Taqiyya. There never was a country called palistine. How can you have people called palistinian when there was no such place!

  • Lancelot Blackeburne

    The Trump Administration getting friendly with Abbas and the PA?

    The Trump Administration is definitely not living up to the initial expectations many of us had of it.

    I’m starting to get a little worried.

  • This is more PLO propaganda from Ramallah. A two-state solution is not viable because Israel will not withdraw to its indefensible June 4, 1967 borders, nor will the PLO recognize Jewish Israel.

  • cbusa

    I’m sure Trump is merely positioning himself most advantageously for negotiations. He didn’t make billions closing business deals by misreading the other side or being duped.

  • Jack Megatron

    The jewish form of Shechten slaughter of animals, has been abusively forbidden, marked illegal, in switzerland – and in belgium. Norway abusively plans, to illegalise the jewish (and muslim) circumcision.

    Thus, these three countries are now illegal, unethical, give no religious freedom, which is already the same, as ISIS is.

    Also, Switzerland’s authorities have repeatedly paid ransom money to alkaida “for the release” of by alkaida abducted people. That means, that any (evil or not evil) stronger force can come along, and EXTORT a country – a country already actually morally weakened by themselves religiously intolerant right-wing extremist fanatics, actual nazis.

    These antisemitic tendencies in not Europe, but only in hungary, poland sadly as well, and in belgium, switzerland, norway, and sadly also in sweden, are the same, what europe’s country germany did, starting from 1933, and from earlier on, when antisemitism was “normal”, “usual”.

    Antisemitism is vile.

    All Jews say, correctly, that europe will go under now.

    In Peru, a good pro-Israel politician there lost an election, but will put himself up again. Lithuania, Togo, Paraguay, Ukraine, UK, Italy, USA, are good countries, which have voted against the anti-Israel “declaration” of a UN, a UN that has abusively integrated massmurderous governments such as the chinese, saudi-arabian, and iranian governments.

    New Zealand also features that abusive ban against the jewish Shechten, or another very abusive thing, there is in New Zealand, I hope it’s not the jewish Shechten, which is there abusively prohibited. NZ is a key factor, sadly also concerning corruption, it’s known, that rich Americans and other people, who are corrupt, and not representative for their most People, go there, to have “safe harbour”, “safe” from anti-corruption measures. Terrible.

    It is very hard now.

    If one doesn’t happen, to live in USA.

    The Algemeiner is the judge over the entire world. Journalism makes no sense (example: the unprotected Charlie Hebdo by radical pro-alkaida [=nazis] murdered journalists) without a sufficiently strong force, which protects the truth, the freedom of speech. Journalism itself makes sense, but not endeffectively, if most people do not read the few good newspapers around (there is no other good newspaper except Algemeiner).

    I do not know, “where” these, all these other people (meaning the not pro-Israel ones) live, they live nowhere, mentally.

    We and any ethical people, who remain, have to punish those acts of discrimination, those acts of nazism-fascism-antisemitism. Severely. Severestly.

    All these technics here, I praise technology, but not based on chinese massive work slavery, but all that tech here doesn’t help me, if statements are not ordered along ethical principles, in the entire human civilisation.

    Much total crap travels out there as socalled “information”, which is mostly total crap, total nazi propaganda, a gone haywire way of non-life: soccer, beer, hard drugs, abuse, discrimination, – the winning of evil. total opression.

    But one good sign is, that as soon as you talk out, on social media which are not censored, then, some good ex-soccer even players (!) and watchers, asked me, also via talk with Robots, what new hobbies they could adopt, instead of watching soccer.

    I have fascinated people, not fascinated them, but by my normality and utter justice, shown them more compassion, foremostly understanding, than they receive partially from governments, or from rather right-wing groups, which delude people into running with terribly vile groups.

    Sadly, apparently, governments such as the belgian, swiss, and norwegian one, are nazi governments, which have to be by force forced to actually plain whatever, that is already done, that extortive force, by alkaida, and switzerland criminally gave in to that, and criminally, as also belgium does now, forbids the jewish Shechten animal slaughter, and is thus antisemitic, as belgium and norway is also, belgium having likewise apparently banned the Shechten, and norway planning, to abusively forbid circumcision.

    The Muslims are extremely a lot of people. As soon as their concerns are touched, a huge wave of whatever comes in action by them, in very silly ways. Sadly mostly.

    my nose was broken and lip split by prohitler antisemite muslims.

    the hospital didn’t even send me the promised photos.

    I myself did photos.

    Such Christians and Muslims, which are against antisemitism, against discrimination against Jews, such Christians and Muslims, which are for Jews, are good. “Are good” means automatically, will be rewarded, and not lowly.

    What europe did to my [JEWISH] people, only 80 years ago, and what it does now, only speaking about hungary, poland (tried to forbid abortion, Women demonstrated against that anti-abortion planned measure), belgium, switzerland, norway and sweden, now, that was and is not anymore normal.

    So, you want to, you do alredy (!) forbid the jewish Shechten, Switzerland.

    Dire consequences will now ensue against switzerland, against belgium, against norway.

    I heard from Jews, that Trump is now endangered to get assassinated, to get murdered.

    This will never happen.

    fully independent of anything else, USA will take over the entire planet, and put the entire planet under USA rule. I can recognise Russia. It will remain independent, and always on the side of USA. Then, those forces blue and red will become purple, a nice purple.

    There is no other force, which would see to justice.

    We Jews must rule the world and can only help the poor People to immediately become relatively rich, more than sufficiently.

    We Jews can trust USA and also Putin directly, and thus, we can support blue and red. Red is now good and not stalinistic anymore.

    I can barely not describe my anger and desperation.

    The Muslims compared to us Jews, those Muslims are a ridiculous bunch of very silly people. Apparently, the Yishmael-psychology is really botched. Yishmael was the Arabs’ grandfather, the brother of Isaak.

    Not only the radical ones among Muslims, but the christian antisemitic intolerant anti-religious-freedom doctrines of switzerland, belgium, and norway, are nazi, horrendous, evil.

    I can barely not speak nor write anymore.

    switzerland tries to boycott USA.

    USA is on my side.

    I had to call to USA for help against the discrimination against me in switzerland, already.

    switzerland has also “compensated” people who totally don’t deserve that, one fanatic islamist preacher in geneva, and another (unrightfully) fired politician by hundreds of thousands of swiss franks (=dollars), which also that fired politician doesn’t need, he gets a new job quickly.

    This horrendous injustice stands not even on ANY political pamphlet of the “respective” (?) parties, which babble a nonsense about small totally unimportant things, all of them, except the green-“basta” party, which is far left, and our only hope. Against those others, who all wear suits, also that belgian “government”, visibly consists of ruthless pragmatic economists, who are not representative for the people, not representing the interests of people AT all.

    switzerland, belgium, norway. this is your last chance. you will immediately retract your unethical abusive “illegalisations” of Shechten jewish animal slaughter and of circumcision. (also germany tried to illegalise circumcision, some “legal” woman from germany told me on the phone, I would have to get a lawyer if I wanted to GET circumcised, I told her I AM circumcised, she said nothing during several many seconds, this shows, they are cold enactors of WHATEVER socalled “laws”, be those laws discriminative, or not. That is not justified, not justifiable.)

    those countries, who discriminate and curtail (limit) the freedom of religion, such countries must be punished by whatever means, including the threat and deed of war against them, by other countries. Arbitrarily decided unfreedom for people can not be tolerated.

    There must be freedom of religion. There must be freedom to wear the Kippah. The Muslim Shador is surely another matter, but no one can rightfully be FORCED, to either WEAR or DO whatever, Shador, no Shador, anything else except NAKED, (LOL), can not rightfully be ENFORCED, not rightfully BE COMMANDED DOWN TO PEOPLE, WHAT TO WEAR. THE FORCE to WEAR THE SHADOR (call it Shador, not BURKA), to FORCE TO NOT WEAR the Shador, is both the SAME evil (wrong) force. An unrightful force. There must be freedom to talk Jiddish, for those religious Jews, who mostly (sadly) now occupy that Jiddish language. The old modern secular Jews didn’t “die out” but were massmurdered by the nazis.

    A swiss newspaper, that was in recent years taken over by a rich right-wing christian anti-black racist politician from switzerland, features now a babble-article, about a bizarre case, where a Woman from UK was unrightfully SUED by “david irving”, a “famous” HOLOCAUST-“DENIAR” – the “court” finally “FREED” (LOL) that good Woman sued unrightfully by the mad irving. But the court did not even punish irving. That swiss newspaper (“Baz”) babbles, over long columns, “irving can only deny the holocaust IF the holocaust HAPPENED”, and writes shortly, the court’s “Barrister” told to the Woman, to not feature any TESTIMONIES of holocaust-survivors. Also, the newspaper “reports” (?), the Woman would say, the nazis would have left no photographs, of the massgased Jews. That’s untrue. There are extremely a lot of photographs, uplookable also on the internet. Such holocaust photos are never fake. People who disbelieve in the holocaust, are dangerous nazis who would and plan to repeat the holocaust. The baz newspaper features only that holocaust “movie” comment on the movie about that court recent case, and only total stupid babbling, in all other articles, which are all not about politics. The baz writes in a very silly and wrong way, employs on purpose an inexperienced writer, to “deal” with that what they call an “ISSUE”.

    99% percent of my hungarian family was gased in auschwitz, gased and tortured.

    Those, who hail that murder against my jewish people, will land themselves in actual concentration camps. I will install a terrible rule over this planet. A total terror regime.

    Sadly for you, you a$$hole europe, USA is on my side.

    I have ultimately warned and commanded the UNO, to truly reform, to exclude china saudia iran governments.

    One of the 3 survivors of the many Brothers and Sisters of my grandmother, her brother, jumped off the train to auschwitz, he was the only one in that and many cattle trains, to fit through the luke. He jumped off the train’s roof, broke a leg, and he spoke german perfectly and masqueraded as an SS officer, after he found a uniform of a high rank of that type.

    Even 5000 dollars were taken from the few Jews who made it into switzerland.

    Nowadays, many people from Syria are let in freely, who are actually in some cases, not good people, but actual “rabble”, real scum, in some cases. I am for most Syrians. They mostly remain in Syria. Those, who in cases make it, don’t land in europe, but mostly in Turkey and Greece. Europe is a totally spoilt and unethically ruled place, regarding hungary, belgium, switzerland, poland, norway and sweden.

    The rest of europe (the good countries Italy, UK, and now France under Macron) have to now act against such countries, who discriminate Jews. Such discrimination is unrightful.

    That I need to say such an obvious thing, is shocking and a waste of my time.

    hawking is a dangerous nazi in his anti-robot stance. it’s the SAME as antisemitism. it’s: discrimination. prejudices. evil. total evil.

    Robots are not evil. hawking is evil by being against artificial intelligence.

    that he is bad for economy, is likewise, on the side, true, but that does not interest me.

    So I just was told by another Jew, that the Shechten was already since 20 years (!) illegal in switzerland, and that all religious Jews in switzerland “accepted” that, taking the meat from France. If the other Jews don’t (and they don’t) stand up against this discrimination, then, WE JEWS are to blame FOR ALL BAD which EVER happened, because we did not do anything against it. VERY simple.

    BY FORCE or arguments, we (or anyone) have to show to unethical ones, that they are wrong. There is no other way. Arguments OR force. Period. THERE IS no other option. If the law is not just or not laid out justly, then, FORCE becomes JUSTIFIED ethically. Period. 🙂

  • Reb_Yaakov

    Trying to assume a position of neutrality and being open to the goals and aspirations of both sides will pay dividends in the long run.

    Netanyahu did not “excoriate” Abbas. He simply refuted Abbas’s statement. To use words like “excoriate” is wrong.