U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to work on a resolution to end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict during a White House meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, Middle East Eye reported.
The president offered no further details on the matter, saying, "we'll get this done."
A resolution "is frankly maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years," he explained, adding that he hoped "something terrific could come out between the Palestinians and Israel."
"We believe Israel is willing, we believe you're willing, and if you both are willing, we're going to make a deal," he said, stating that he is prepared to act as a mediator between the two sides.
In response to Trump's statements, Abbas said that he believes the U.S. president's ability to negotiate means that the two leaders "can be partners," in bringing about a "historic peace treaty.”
Even though Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have been stalled since March 2014, Abbas reiterated his willingness to re-start them.
"Our strategic option, our strategic 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,” he said.
"We are the only people in the world who remain occupied. That is why we are seeking our freedom, our dignity and the right of self-determination," he added.
The Palestinian president who has been in office since 2005 was part of two failed U.S. attempts to negotiate peace under George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Soon after the statements began making headlines, people took to social media to share their thoughts:
Some aren't holding their breath
"A useless meeting, as usual. The Israeli government has not and will not stop building illegal settlements."
Many are just fed up
"All previous presidents said the exact same thing but nothing changed, in fact the plight of the Palestinian people has only gotten worse."
"I don't even want to comment on Trump's meeting with Abbas because there's nothing worth commenting on. Just talk that lacks any real substance or value."
In his tweet about meeting Abbas, Trump doesn't write 'Palestinian state' but instead writes 'Palestinians' and 'Israel.' This means he doesn't even want to admit that a Palestinian state exists."
Many say that Abbas doesn't represent them
"#Abbas_Doesn't_Represent_me, and no one other than a true Palestinian will."
"#Abbas_Doesn't_Represent_me nor does he represent any free Palestinian."
And a few are sarcastically commenting on the whole thing
"This is like when a person makes a really lame joke in front of someone and they laugh at it."