U.S. President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after his arrival for a meeting at the White House.
President Trump is mistaken if he believes Abbas is genuinely interested in finding peace.
Shaath's comments came a day after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Trump sought to "resolve" the controversial PA policy with Abbas when the two leaders met Wednesday.
In his remarks to the press, Abbas called for a Palestinian state based on the 1967 "borders", with East Jerusalem as its capital, and said the issue of Palestinian refugees must be resolved "according to the terms of global law". "Palestinians and Israelis must work together to reach an agreement".
The source of Trump's optimism was not immediately apparent.
"Mr President, as far as a permanent solution, we believe that this is possible and able to be resolved".
Abbas and a small entourage arrived outside the West Wing in a black limousine shortly before noon and were greeted by Trump. It isn't only "Israeli officials" who would feel that way, but any sentient being.
He emphasized that negotiations should include refugees, prisoners and borders.
President Abbas said that their strategic option and choice is to bring about peace based on the vision of the two-state, a Palestinian state with its capital of East Jerusalem that lives in peace and stability with the state of Israel based on the borders of 1967.
Since taking office, Trump has backed away from the pledge while saying he's still discussing it.
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However, there have been no serious negotiations since gaps widened with the 2009 election of Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel's prime minister. The two leaders agreed to continue close consultations.
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Israel considers the strong anti-Israeli messages in Palestinian education to be one of the stumbling blocks for a peaceful resolution of the long-standing conflict.
"It's time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land", he said.
"It's absurd to request that we stop paying the families of prisoners", Shaath said. But Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely immediately dismissed Trump's announcement of a new peace process.
Abbas said his government was teaching its young people peace. Palestinian statehood has been the objective of successive United States administrations and the worldwide community.
"Now Mr. President with you we have hope", he added in the only English-language remarks he made. There's such hatred. But hopefully there won't be such hatred for very long.
Trump and Abbas appeared friendly but businesslike as they stood at side-by-side lecterns.
They said Trump will reiterate his belief that Israeli settlement construction on land claimed by the Palestinians does not advance peace prospects.
Abbas spoke through an interpreter and was equally positive, saying: "We are coming into a new opportunity a new horizon that would enable us to bring about peace".