Trump acts as mediator

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 13:00

President Donald Trump, on Wednesday vowed to work as a "mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator" to help broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians as he welcomed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House.

"We will get this done," Trump vowed.

He expressed the need for peace, saying there’s hatred but hopefully not for long. 

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas alongside Trump said that he believes under Trump’s leadership and negotiating ability there could be a historic peace treaty.  He added, “Now, Mr. President, with you we have hope." 

Abbas' visit comes more than two months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Trump at the White House.

Trump was expected to raise the issue of the Palestinian Authority's compensation of Palestinians whose family members are killed while carrying out a terrorist attack against Israelis. 

Abbas wants peace for his country, which for a long time has had many citizens occupied by Israel, and they have even occupied some of their land.