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Meeting Palestinian leader Abbas, Trump hopes for 'terrific' peace deal in Middle East

David Jackson , USA TODAY Published 1:20 p.m. ET May 4, 2017 | (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

President Donald Trump has now met with both PM Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and PA Leader Mahmoud Abbas

WASHINGTON – President Trump welcomed the leader of the Palestinian Authority to the White House on Wednesday by pledging to accomplish something that many previous U.S. administrations have tried but never achieved: A lasting peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis.

"We want to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians," Trump said during a series of meetings with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. "We will get it done. We will be working so hard to get it done."

In an earlier photo opportunity, Trump acknowledged that the conflict has been going on for a "long time." Still, he said, "hopefully something terrific can come out" of future talks between the Palestinians and Israelis. Those talks are not yet scheduled, and it remains unclear whether the U.S. would broker them.

Trump has assigned his son-in-law Jared Kushner to work on a Middle East peace deal. He's also appointed real estate attorney Jason Greenblatt as Middle East envoy.

Underscoring the inherent difficulties of forging a peace agreement, Abbas told reporters that "it's about time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land after 50 years."

Abbas also praised Trump for what he called his "great negotiating ability," adding, "With you, we have hope."

Israel, meanwhile, has protested attacks by the Palestinians and calls from Hamas, the militant group ruling the Gaza Strip, for the destruction of Israel.

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu questioned Abbas's motivations. "How can you talk about peace and fund terrorism?” he said, calling on his Palestinian counterpart to "fund peace, not murder" and cancel payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails.

Netanyahu visited the White House in February. Now that he's met with both leaders, Trump said he is ready to "start a process" that could lead to a peace deal. "It is a great honor to have the president with us," Trump said of Abbas.

Well we will have to wait and see if President Donald Trump can advance the cause for Peace in the Middle East.  As True Bible Students we fully expect to see a measure of peace develop in the Middle East before Christ Returns. At the time of the end when the Battle of Armageddon takes place Israel is described as a land at rest, dwelling in peace.  We read this in Ezekiel 38:11-12

“11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.”

So from this passage we see that Israel will be a land at rest without "walls, having neither bars nor gates". Clearly something has yet to change to bring this about as Israel has been building "walls" with "bars and gates" to keep the Palestinians out.  So we need to watch and see what might develop from President Donald Trumps moves to establish peace, he seems very confident that he can do it and given his business deal making background vs his non political background he might be just the one to bring about something new.

See this article to learn more about the Middle East in the Last Days: THE MIDDLE EAST AND BIBLE PROPHECY

See this article to learn more about: ISRAEL, EGYPT AND THE ARABS