I was particularly glad to welcome again my friend President Abbas to Brussels for a very fruitful and open exchange on our views both on our bilateral relations, as you know the European Union is a strong supporter to the Palestinian Authority, but also our views on the Middle East Peace Process in a time that requires a strong coordination, a strong unity of the parties, the region and the worldwide community. Now it appears that that may soon change.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touted a close and growing relationship with the new Trump administration during a speech Monday to a major pro-Israel lobby group, but skipped over thornier issues like settlement construction and a path forward for peace with Palestinians.
Israel's Channel 2 TV said that Trump's decision to "court" Abbas was a clear signal to Jerusalem that Trump was very serious about peace and meant to push forward with the peace process "very soon".
"Israel wouldn't be the country it is today without the steadfast support of the United States of America", he said. The ayatollahs in Tehran openly admit their desire to wipe Israel off the map and drive its people into the sea. "For decades, Iran has funnelled weapons and cash to terrorists in Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip", he said. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.
A number of Palestinian activists have criticized the two-state solution as unsustainable and unlikely to bring durable peace, proposing, instead, a bi-national state with equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians.
There was a proviso: The United States would do the fixing.
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have been deadlocked for years over Israel's building on war-won lands sought for a Palestinian state.
AIPAC says the broader foreign assistance package advances USA leadership, better enabling Israel's ally to defend it in worldwide forums and to open doors for Israel in countries that might otherwise be wary of ties. This area has been contested in recent years, as Israel continues to build homes in areas of land the Palestinians claim as part of a future state. It may be in part due to the inability of the Americans and Israelis to reach an agreement on West Bank settlements.
"The European Union considers settlements to be illegal under worldwide law and this also has not changed in our policy", she warned.
Divided Arab leaders arriving in Jordan for a summit on Wednesday are seeking common ground to reaffirm their commitment to a Palestinian state, a longstanding goal that U.S. President Donald Trump last month put into doubt. A widely held opinion is that it is Trump's son-in-law and staunch Netanyahu friend and supporter, Jared Kushner, who, in the absence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the president's inner circle, has become the most influential voice in foreign policy, though like Haley he has little worldwide experience beyond the Middle East. So what we have said is, we're going to watch them like a hawk.
As a candidate, Trump repeatedly vowed to be the president to finally relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, which Israel considers its capital.