Abbas’ Visit to Washington & Arab-Israeli Peace Negotiations

| July 11, 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with President Donald Trump in Washington on May 3 for their first face-to-face talks since Trump moved into the White House. Their meeting followed a fresh declaration of intent by the latter to forge a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

“I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians,” Trump has said. “There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians — none whatsoever.”

In January, Trump announced his support for moving the American Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem—a move which drew criticism from the Palestinians. The Jerusalem Post elaborates: “With the expansion of settlements eroding hopes for statehood, Abbas would like to see Trump come to the rescue by pressing for a complete settlement freeze and ensuring that the terms of reference for restarting peace talks are based on land for peace. But Palestinian observers think Trump is an unlikely savior and that any pressure that is brought to bear will actually be against the Palestinian side.”

On this episode of The Region, Philos Project Executive Director Robert Nicholson presents a briefing on the current state of negotiations in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and possibilities for resolution.

For further reading, we recommend Robert’s article titled “Islam, Christianity, and the End of Palestine,” published in the Providence Journal of Christianity and Foreign Policy. It’s available here:…y-end-palestine.