President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed optimism on Monday that their partnership could lead to a peace accord between Israel and the PA.
“We’re going to be discussing many things, among them a peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis, a fantastic achievement,”Trump said. “We are giving it an absolute go. I think there’s a good chance it could happen.
Most people would say there is no chance it could happen. … Israel would like to see it. Palestinians would like to see it. I can tell the Trump administration would like to see it. We’re working very hard. We’ll see what happens. Historically people say it can’t happen. I’d say it can happen.”
Netanyahu said he’s eager to “seize the opportunity for peace between Israel and Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab world.”
Netanyahu said that “under President Trump,” the U.S. position toward Israel at the United Nations has been “strong” and full of “clarity and conviction.” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has said in recent days that she’s brightened by what she views as less “Israel bashing” at the U.N.
Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and Trump advisor on Israel Jason Greenblatt have been tasked with leading the Trump’s efforts to bring about peace in the Middle East.