The U.S. -Israel alliance endured despite the poor personal relations between Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In his statement after his talks with Abbas, Trump said that he and the Palestinian leader "reaffirmed the commitment of both the United States and the Palestinian Authority to achieving a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians".
However, beyond the red-carpet welcome and warm embrace the new president will get, it's still unclear whether Trump will come with tidings of a new diplomatic initiative on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"We will not accept to meet only for the sake of the meeting".
Palestinian leader says he's ready to "collaborate" with Trump, who's expected to visit the occupied territories "soon".
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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that by using the office of the USA president, Donald Trump has the capacity to "tip things very, very decisively" when it comes to bringing peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Besides visiting Israel and Palestine in his first foreign tour as President, Trump will also travel to Vatican City and Saudi Arabia.
The fact that this hasn't been made explicit yet has to do with President Trump's planned visit to the region later this month.
As he hosted Abbas in Washington, Trump confidently predicted that a peace agreement was within grasp, brushing aside the complexities of a decades-old conflict that has bedevilled successive U.S. leaders.
"We need also to remember that every time that there was a peace process and it failed, after that there was a terror wave", she said at an appearance this week at the Hudson Institute, a conservative Washington DC think tank. "Let us seek new avenues of peace".
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That rarely happens, leading to the sort of showdown that threatens, and occasionally causes, a government shutdown. Lawmakers also reached a deal to permanently fund health benefits for retired coal miners.
The bill revokes Arabic as an official language, holds that Israel is "the national home of the Jewish people" and that the right to realize self-determination in the state is unique to them.
Abu Rudeineh stressed that the Palestinian Authority has open channels of communication with the Arab leaders in order to unify their stances. During the ceremony, speeches will be delivered by Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. "This will not happen", he said.
Some analysts expressed concern that Trump's talk of going for a final peace deal might be unrealistic, and raise expectations too high. "It's something that, I think, is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years".
The Hamas terror group, which rules the Gaza Strip, was quick to reject any proposed negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, stating that Abbas had no mandate. Netanyahu and Abbas met publicly during a brief encounter at former Israeli president Shimon Peres' funeral previous year.
The justice minister recommended that the Trump administration push for an economic agreement in the Middle East rather than pursue an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
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Legal challenges would also raised to any new proposals to lease areas off the coasts of the U.S. More drilling would also add more heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution to the atmosphere.