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Trump Tells Abbas He Is Confident Mideast Deal Can Be ‘Done’

  • Peace agreement ‘not as difficult as’ thought, Trump says
  • Abbas to press U.S. president to support two-state solution
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad on April 28, 2017.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad on April 28, 2017.

Photographer: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images
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President Donald Trump said he is confident he can broker a Middle East peace deal, telling Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House that he wants to prove skeptics wrong by reaching a goal that has eluded successive U.S. administrations.

A peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians “is frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years,” Trump told reporters Wednesday at the beginning of a lunch between the U.S. and Palestinian delegations for the visit.