RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump spoke on the phone for the first time on Friday evening, with Trump officially inviting Abbas to the White House to “relaunch the peace process.”
Spokesperson for the Palestinian presidency Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that Trump had called Abbas and invited him to the White House “very soon” in order to discuss strategies of “relaunching the peace process,” while stressing his commitment to supporting “any process that could lead to real peace between Palestinians and Israelis.”
According to Abu Rudeineh, Abbas confirmed his commitment to peace and his support for establishing an independent Palestinian state next to an Israeli state as the most practical strategy for ending the decades-long conflict in the region.
The White House also released a statement on the phone call, saying that Trump "emphasized his personal belief that peace is possible and that the time has come to make a deal."
"The president noted that such a deal would not only give Israelis and Palestinians the peace and security they deserve, but that it would reverberate positively throughout the region and the world. He underscored that such a peace agreement must be negotiated directly between the two parties, and that the United States will work closely with Palestinian and Israeli leadership to make progress toward that goal."
The statesmen concluded by saying the US president "noted that the United States cannot impose a solution on the Israelis and Palestinians, nor can one side impose an agreement on the other," and confirmed that Abbas was invited to meet Trump at the White House "in the near future."
Abbas had also called Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Friday afternoon to discuss Palestinian and regional issues, and ways of achieving the Arab summit planned to be held in the Jordanian capital Amman this month.
“I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said, eliciting laughter from Netanyahu. “I can live with either one.”
While members of the international community have rested the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the discontinuation of illegal Israeli settlements and the establishment of a two-state solution, a growing number of Palestinian activists have criticized the two-state solution as unsustainable and unlikely to bring durable peace given the existing political context, proposing instead a binational state with equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians.