Senior Israeli officials were citing US ambassador to Israel David Friedman saying: “Israel shouldn’t get into confrontations with US President Donald Trump on peace initiative. Work with him,” Israeli Haaretz reported Thursday.
According to Haaretz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is nervous. Ministers in his government said: “He’s afraid Trump is laying an ambush for him. Netanyahu has no idea what the president is bringing.”
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A senior right-wing official blames Netanyahu for the change of atmosphere in The White House. The source told Haaretz: “Netanyahu’s inaction, underperformance, and overdependence on our ambassador, Ron Dermer, who apparently isn’t delivering the goods even when he’s seemingly at home in the White House, are the reasons President Trump changed his view.”
President Trump is expected to issue invitations to a trilateral summit when he visits Jerusalem and Bethlehem on 22nd of May, according to i24TV.
Lebanese website yalibnan says that Al-Hayat reported the same news from London saying that Trump intended to announce trilateral summit during his visit to Jerusalem.
The last direct Netanyahu-Abbas talks took place in 2010.
“The anxiety seeping into the Israeli right wing ahead of Trump’s visit is comparable only to the euphoria that gripped it when the ostensible master deal maker was elected U.S. president.”, Haaretz adds, “What Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett and his political cohorts saw as the realization of a dream of generations turned into a potential nightmare.”
Channel 2 reported on Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is prepared to meet with PM Benjamin Netanyahu under the right offices of US President Donald Trump,
In Ramallah on Tuesday Abbas told reporters “We affirmed to [Trump] that we are ready to cooperate with him and meet the Israeli prime minister under his auspices to make peace,” Abbas said.