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Trump arrives in Israel in search of peace process

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 01:59

U.S. President Donald Trump begins the second leg of his foreign tour, arriving in Tel Aviv as he pushes for a renewed peace process with the Palestinians. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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U.S. President Donald Trump arriving in Tel Aviv on Monday (May 22) in an attempt to revive the decades-old peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu greeting the president as he stepped off Air Force One. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "Welcome our good friend." (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "In my travels in recent days I have found new reasons for hope (...) We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stabiltity and peace to this region and to its people, defeating terrorism, and creating a future of harmony, prosperity, and peace. But we can only get there working together. There is no other way." Trump will have formal meetings with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seperately during his two days in the area and has vowed to restart dialogue between the parties, which officially collapsed three years ago. Even appointing his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, to spearhead the effort. But he's given little indication of how he would look to achieve it. When he met with Netanyahu at the White House in February, Trump indicated he'd be open to abandoning efforts for a so-called two-state solution, a cornerstone of past presidencies, if a viable alternative was presented. And when Abbas visited Washington earlier this month Trump again declined to affirm it. Trump has postponed a campaign pledge to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a controversial move that would have given symbolic weight to Israel's side in negotiations and broken rank with other world powers. Trump arrived in Israel from Saudi Arabia. In a speech before Arab leaders there he toned down the harsh anti-Muslim rheotric he's used in the past, in efforts to bolster cooperation against Islamist militants.

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Trump arrives in Israel in search of peace process

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 01:59