President Trump met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday in Bethlehem, just one day after he toured holy sites in Jerusalem and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel.
"I am truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bring new hope to the region and its people," Trump said during a joint appearance with Abbas. "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an amazing accomplishment."
Trump's meeting with Abbas came just weeks after the Palestinian Authority leader visited the White House.
Although Trump has said he would "love" to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a move that would roil the Palestinians, who consider Jerusalem their own capital — the administration has not announced whether such a move will take place.
The president has also signaled a shift away from the Obama administration's insistence that a two-state solution should serve as the only template for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Trump has said he would back whatever framework that's agreeable to both parties, whether it's a one-state solution or a two-state solution.
During an appearance on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump called the prospect of a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine "one of the toughest deals of all." He had previously speculated that a peace deal between the two sides could be easy to secure.
Bethlehem is located in the West Bank, a disputed territory. Palestinians have accused the Israelis of building settlements on the land in order to undermine their claim to those areas, while Israelis have claimed terriorial rights of their own.
Trump met Abbas hours after an apparent terrorist attack claimed 19 lives and injured at least 50 at a concert venue in Manchester, England.
"It's so interesting that our meeting took place on this very horrible morning of death to innocent young people," Trump said on Tuesday. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded."