"Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas comes to Washington on Wednesday with a degree of cautious optimism that goes beyond flattering an American president who thrives on adoration.
Simply being invited to meet with President Trump is an important signal for Abbas. Trump has so far exceeded the Palestinians’ low expectations of him: He has not yet taken steps to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem, has advised restraint on Israeli settlements, and has made Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking a priority. Abbas’s Arab allies have been hopeful about Trump, encouraging Abbas to be responsive..."
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