US says ‘both sides will be forced to compromise’ for Mideast peace deal as Trump has made Israeli-Palestinian accord ‘one of his top priorities’


Times of Israel

A State Department official said Tuesday that Israelis and Palestinians will “be forced to compromise” in order to achieve US President Donald Trump’s goal of brokering peace between the two sides.

In her first press briefing as the department’s spokesperson, Heather Nauert wouldn’t address a question about UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s statement lamenting 50 years of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, but pivoted to say that both Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were committed to forging an agreement despite the inevitable challenges that will arise.

“Middle East peace is something that’s very important to this administration,” Nauert told reporters. “The president and the secretary have both said they recognize that it will not be easy and that both sides will be forced to compromise.

Tillerson, for his part, recently told reporters that Trump was “very forceful” with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his trip to the region last month, in which he sought to jumpstart negotiations.

“He put a lot of pressure on them that it’s time to get to the table,” Tillerson said.

Since taking office, Trump has repeatedly emphasized his intent to succeed where other presidents have failed by striking a final status Israeli-Palestinian accord.

Nauert reiterated this point Wednesday. “The president has made this one of his top priorities, and we are willing to work with both of those entities to try to get them to come together and make some — and to finally bring about Middle East peace,” she said.

Indeed, Trump has already hosted both Netanyahu and Abbas at the White House and has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner and former real estate lawyer Jason Greenblatt with charting a course forward.

Greenblatt, Trump’s Special Envoy for International Negotiations, has gone on multiple “listening tours” throughout the region. On these trips, he has listened to multiple stakeholders in the conflict, including other Arab leaders.

During Trump’s first foreign trip last month, which included stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank, he gave a speech at the Israel Museum calling on both sides to put aside the “pain and disagreements of the past” and work toward peace.

  1. #1 by Ladybat2 on 06/07/2017 - 7:53 am

    I would like to know what the Palestinians are suppose to compromise with since the European zionist colonist occupiers have already taken 81% of historic Palestine and the per cent that is left to the Palestinians is also occupied by them as well. The colonist occupiers have all the support from the world’s super power, all the money, one of the most powerful military on earth made so by the US, nuclear weapons, etc… while the Palestinians have rocks. So what are the Palestinians expected to compromise with?

  2. #2 by Gwaredd Thomas on 06/07/2017 - 9:48 am

    Nevertheless, my guess is, the Zionists will still get the biggest piece of the pie. Anyone want to bet?

  3. #5 by pacman925 on 06/07/2017 - 3:56 pm

    Armageddon with the Men based on Justice & Righteous, when will it happen ??

  4. #6 by James Benn on 06/07/2017 - 6:49 pm

    There will be no compromise because psychopaths don’t compromise. Remember that borg thing in the Terminator movie. The one they dressed up to look like a white cop who just keeps re-coagulating and relentlessly pursuing his quarry. Well that’s what yer average common or garden psycho is like. And just as corporations think and behave as psychopathic entities – as revealed in The Corporation, the 2003 Canadian documentary written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakanm – so can and do entire self-obsessed in-groups such as the Jews.

    Oh sure, individually they might be – I say MIGHT be – caring, sharing, loving people. But collectively, they are a menace to the rest of the world because they are so single-mindedly, psychopathically self-centered. This is the nature of their ‘religion’, if such it can be called.

    The thing is, the Jews do not HAVE to compromise. Who’s gonna make ‘em? Have you seen any determination in the last 70 years on the part of ANY Zestern government to call them out? No. Because Jewisch leadership own the world’s money supply and has every Zestern leader by the gonads. Perfectly simple.

    Palestinians are standing in the way of ‘ze drim’ of Eretz Israhell. They must go.

    In ze mintime, ‘Israel greets first F-35 fighter jets from US’ … “Two of Lockheed Martin’s F-35s, the most advanced fighter jet in the region, arrived in Israel on Monday. Israel has ordered 50 of them from the United States. Each has a price tag of more than $100 million. The jets will be stationed at an air force base in Israel’s Negev desert, with Lieutenant Colonel Yotam leading the squadron.” … http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/12/middleeast/israel-f-35-jets/index.html

    Oh, and by the way, Israhell has already made a mozza on-selling the technology to Rusklandia.

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