Summit?

Trump reportedly considering Mideast peace conference

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President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a summit meeting between Israel and the Palestinians in order to reinvigorate the moribund peace process.

According to YNet, "Trump told his advisors that if preparations are made and the conference's purpose is made clear to not just be for show, then he is willing to participate in it."

He also wishes to include regional Arab states in the process, especially Saudi Arabia.

The idea was apparently conveyed to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call with Trump last week. It is unclear if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been informed.

In the call, the White House said,

The president 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.

The P.A. apparently reacted positively to the idea, saying, "We are ready to deal with President Trump and the Israeli government to resume the negotiations. If the Israelis are ready, President Abbas has committed himself to a peaceful deal with President Trump."

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