Abbas Says Trump’s So-Called Mideast Peace ‘Plan’ Is A Big Fat Mess
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told a delegation of Israeli left-wing lawmakers that the Trump administration is in “chaos” when it comes to the Israel-Palestinian conflict — and has no clear peace plan.
Abbas noted that in meetings with envoys representing President Donald Trump in recent weeks, he heard that they support a two-state solution to the conflict and a settlement construction freeze.
“I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States,” Abbas said according to notes taken by some of the meeting’s participants. “Every time they repeatedly stressed to me how much they believe and are committed to a two-state solution and a halt to construction in the settlements. I have pleaded with them to say the same thing to (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin)Netanyahu, but they refrained.”
The Palestinian president said he doesn’t know to what extent this will be reflected in the results of the upcoming visit of an American delegation, part of Trump’s effort to restart the peace process.
“I can’t understand how they are conducting themselves with us,” he said, according to one participant’s notes, adding that “Inside [Trump’s] country, there is chaos in the administration.”