Trump envoy: Israel, PA will both need to compromise

White House special envoy Jason Greenblatt pledges to diplomats that Trump administration will help forge peace between Israel, PA.

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President Trump is determined to help Israel and the Palestinian Authority reach a peace agreement, special White House envoy Jason Greenblatt told a recent gathering held in Brazil of representatives of donor states to the Palestinian Authority.

According to a report carried by the Haaretz daily, Greenblatt said at the gathering that President Trump is “personally committed” to bringing Israel and the PA to a final status agreement – an agreement which will require serious compromises from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“Since the beginning of his campaign, President Trump has made it very clear that he is personally committed to achieving peace throughout the Middle East, including a comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Greenblatt said.

“President Trump recently hosted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Washington, and just yesterday met with Palestinian President Abbas at the White House. I want you to know that both meetings were serious and constructive; both leaders expressed a sincere commitment to finding a way to move ahead.”

Greenblatt said the president has already reached out to both sides to prepare for the compromises the administration has said will be necessary for a lasting peace.

“As President Trump did previously with Prime Minister Netanyahu, yesterday, President Trump called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to be ready to make the compromises we all know are necessary if we are to obtain a peace that the peoples of both sides can believe in and take ownership of. President Trump also asked both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take steps to create a climate in which peace can take root.”

“On Saturdays, the Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, it is customary in synagogues in the United States to say a prayer for the United States and for the State of Israel. In the prayer for the State of Israel, we beseech God to spread the tabernacle of peace over Israel. So my friends, let us work together to spread the tabernacle of peace over Israelis and Palestinians and, God willing, over the troubled region around them.”