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Trump Leaves Israel Pushing Peace, but Staying Vague

The president says both the Palestinians and the Israelis are ready for a deal. But no one can figure out exactly what he's going for.
Source: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters

JERUSALEM—Standing next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, Donald Trump declared that the Palestinians were ready for peace.

“As I have repeatedly said, I am personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement, and I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace,” said Trump, who met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas earlier on Tuesday in Bethlehem. “I know you’ve heard it before. I am telling you—that’s what I do. They are ready to reach for peace.”

Trump then gestured toward Netanyahu, sitting near him onstage

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