Palestinian 'Day of Rage' Protests Trump, Imprisonment and Imperial 'Peace' Calls

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 24, 2017

Trump will have visited significant centers of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the end of his trip, a point that his aides say bolsters his argument that the fight against Islamist militancy is a battle between "good and evil". It's not easy, but we agree with him - peace is possible.

Nevertheless, Trump managed to do plenty of things during his visit. But U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson argued that the Israelis have nothing to fear from the Saudi arms deal.

While the two talked at length about peace negotiations, with Abbas confirming he is "committed to working with (Trump) to reach a historic peace deal between us and Israel", Palestinians rallied outside chanting slogans such as "Trump, listen!"

"Our Palestinian people's attainment of their freedom and independence is key to peace and stability in the world", Abbas said.

Trump also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre while in Jerusalem, which is located on the site where many Christians believe Jesus's body lay before His resurrection.

Previous U.S. presidents have declined to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem as it would provide a powerful symbolic rejection of Palestinian - and Arab - aspirations for their own capital inside a separate state.

A statement issued by the White House about Trump's visit to Israel included a title replacing the word peace with that of a fruit, so that the United States president would be seeking to "Promote the possibility of lasting peach".

Today, May 23, Trump made a 15-minute stop at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Museum, where he was presented with a replica of a Holocaust victim's photo album by the Museum chairman and the victim's surviving sister.

One activist took to the mic to say, "We came to tell you that the one who decides the fate of Palestinian people are the Palestinian refugee camps and not the Americans, the cause of the camps is the cause of all Palestinians", Palestinian news outlet Ma'an reported.

Abbas has also agreed to work towards a two-state solution, which is not supported by the majority of Palestinians.

In 1995, Congress passed a law mandating the move, but successive presidents have issued waivers every six months declining to take action based on national security needs.

The closeness of Bethlehem - the physical proximity between Israel and the Palestinian territory - surprised most first-time visitors in the entourage.

Ahead of the trip, a Trump official got in a heated argument with Israelis after claiming the Kotel was "part of the West Bank".

But Trump also noted that Hamas and Hezbollah rockets are being launched into Israeli communities and schools. He said that "there is something on the table, which I hope both sides approve of".

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu were prepared to "reach for peace", even as he cautioned that a deal will not be easily achieved.

In Saudi Arabia, Trump said he had called on Arab leaders "to join in a partnership to drive terror from their midst once and for all".

"Never mentioned during the conversation", he said, as Netanyahu smiled in consternation.

"Peace is a choice we must make each day", President Trump said during a visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where he reiterated his resolve to help mediate a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians and sounded upbeat about its prospects.

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