President Trump said Israel and the Palestinian Authority are “ready to reach peace” in his weekly address Friday.
Trump recapped his recent trip to the region, his first as president.
“I also traveled to Bethlehem, another ancient city of wonder, where I met with Palestinian leader President Abbas. Both President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu assured me they are ready to reach for peace,” Trump said, recapping his first trip to the region as president.
The president’s remarks come a day after he signed a waiver to keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail to move the embassy to Jerusalem.
“President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America's national security interests,” the White House said.
President Trump called for peace during his visit in May.
“We know that peace is possible if we put aside the pain and disagreements of the past and commit together to finally resolving this crisis," he said.
However, the status of Jerusalem is seen as a major roadblock to peace efforts.
Israelis and Palestinians view the ancient city with great importance.
The Western Wall, which is one of the holiest sights in Judaism, is in Jerusalem. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the future capital of an independent state.