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US Greenblatt: 'Trump wants a year of peace'

Sept. 3, 2018 3:46 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 4, 2018 4:24 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The United States Special Envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, wrote, on Monday, a special editorial in Israel National News, in which he stated that the US President Donald Trump "wants this year to be a year of peace."

In his editorial, Greenblatt wrote "during the past 19 months, in the chase after what seems to be an elusive and faraway peace between Israelis and Palestinians, I have merited many experiences with people in the area."

He continued "Israelis and Palestinians, young and old, secular and religious, Muslims, Christians and Jews, are not sure about the chance of peace, and their doubts are definitely legitimate."

Greenblatt stressed that "despite the obvious challenges, residents of the area, and their commitment to chasing peace often inspired me. Often, people approach me, asking me to thank US President Donald Trump for bringing the hope for peace back to the area and for making the issue part of everyday discussion."

"People understand that this is an unusual challenge which is filled with developing complications, but they support the important cause."

He concluded his editorial by mentioning that during the upcoming holidays he intends on praying "for Israelis held captive by the Hamas movement, as well as for the Israelis and Arabs suffering from Hamas' actions."

Greenblatt said he hopes that a "tent of peace" be spread over the US, its allies and its friends.

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