President Donald Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House Wednesday, and both leaders made remarks from the Roosevelt Room.
At his daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said "The president raised concerns about the payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have committed acts of terror and to their families and emphasized the need to resolve this issue".
"There's such hatred, but hopefully there won't be such hatred for very long", Trump said after meeting with Abbas in the Roosevelt Room.
Abbas was under pressure at home to avoid making major concessions to Trump, especially with an ongoing hunger strike by several hundreds of Palestinian detainees held by Israel and led by prominent leader Marwan Barghouti.
Trump warned the Palestinians, though, that "there can be no lasting peace unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violate and violence and hate". Abbas said, however, that there could be no peace with the establishment of a secure Palestinian state. "After 50 years, we are the only remaining people in the world who still live under occupation".
Trump also outlined his administration's efforts to create new economic opportunities for Palestinians through a "positive, ongoing partnership" between the USA and the PA "on a range of issues", including private sector development, regional security and counterterrorism. Trump offered his service as a facilitator, mediator or arbitrator in the continuing Israel-Palestine conflict. "It's been a long time, but we will be working diligently". He'll be promoting longstanding positions that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects, at a time when popular Palestinian support for negotiations with Israel has dwindled.
The Trump-Abbas meeting concluded a series of consultations the new United States president held with regional leaders since assuming office. "I believe that we are capable under your leadership and your stewardship - your courageous stewardship and your wisdom, as well as your great negotiating ability - that we can be partners, true partners, to you to bring about a historic peace treaty", Abbas said.
Abbas said that Palestinians wish to see a two-state solution based on 1967 borders with a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem. "Let's see if we can prove them wrong. OK?"
He also at the time asked Netanyahu to stop building settlements in the West Bank, also known by its ancient names of Judea and Samaria, and Gaza Strip for a short time.
He did encourage Abbas to do more to discourage Palestinian incitement against Israelis.
US Vice President Mike Pence contended ahead of the meeting that the White House is "seriously considering" moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.