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>> Trying to show momentum in his bid for a Middle East peace deal, President Trump on Wednesday hosting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. Reuters' deputy foreign editor in Washington Yara Bayoumy is following the story.>> President Donald Trump has made a lot of grand statements about being the president who would be able to seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
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However, he has not offered yet any kind of concrete measures. It's one of the most elusive issues that has eluded numerous US administrations as well.>> Abbas' envoy in Washington says he sees a historic opportunity to build a strategic partnership with Trump. But Bayoumy says Trump faces a wall of difficulties as he seeks to end hostilities between Palestine and Israel, starting with the divisions between the Palestinians themselves.
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>> It will be very difficult for Abbas to come speaking on behalf of the Palestinians because Hamas and Fatah remain so divided, not just in ideology, but also in terms of the areas that they control, with Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza, and commanding a lot of popular supports as well.
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>> The visit coming days after Hamas, in a bid to present a more moderate face to the world, dropped its longstanding call for Israel's destruction, while still rejecting its right to exist. The 82 year old likely to argue that peace with Israel depends on a two state solution.
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Trump turning heads with his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon after he took office, when he said he was open to a one state or two state solution, as long as the parties were in accord. Abbas also likely to raise Israeli settlement building as a major impediment to any new talks.
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>> And so it would be very difficult to see Abbas try and get any concessions, A, out of an Israeli government that is a lot more right wing than it's been in recent years, and B, while we have a US administration that is a lot more pro-Israeli than it has been.
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>> Trump telling Reuters in a recent interview he sees no reason why there can't be peace between Israel and the Palestinians, promising to deliver where his predecessors in the Oval Office never could.>> Any other questions?