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>> And I will do whatever is necessary, and we will get this done.>> President Donald Trump on Wednesday renewing a vow to bring peace to the Middle East, a goal that has eluded a long line of American presidents. In a White House meeting with Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, Trump offering no clues about how he could break the deadlock between Israel and Palestine and revived peace talks that stalled three years ago.
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Trump nonetheless optimistic.>> I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Let's see if we can prove them wrong.>> Reporter Matt Spetalnick is on the story.>> Many experts see this as a long shot bid for Israeli-Palestinian peace
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>> After all his predecessors have failed to secure a comprehensive accord.>> Trump on Wednesday pressing Palestinian leaders to discourage violence against Israelis but not endorsing a two state solution to the conflict. Trump appeared to back away from the long standing US policy during an earlier White House visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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>> Abbas, for his part, stating that Palestine must have its capital in Jerusalem, where Trump has said he might base the US ambassador to Israel. Abbas also calling for any Palestinian state to have borders that haven't been in place since 1967, an idea opposed by Israel.>> One change we saw in this visit was in Abbas' rhetoric
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>> While in the past, he has publically demanded at numerous occasions a complete freeze on Israeli settlement building, as a condition for returning to the negotiating table>> This time he did not make such a demand.>> Abbas' Fatah movement in the West Bank hampered with ongoing divisions with rival Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip.
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Trump has said he'd put to work his deal making skills in the conflict, but his administration is yet to articulate a strategy for restarting talks. Although he has put his son-in-law Jared Kushner in charge of that effort.>> But I would love to be a mediator, or an arbitrator, or a facilitator.
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>> Trump saying he may visit Israel and perhaps Palestine as well, later in May.