1207 GMT January 21, 2018
Trump and Abbas held their first phone conversation on Friday, when the invitation was extended.
According to Ralph Schoenma, the author of Hidden History of Zionism, the move shows the new administration’s “nominal interest in discretions with Abbas.”
In his interview with Press TV on Sunday, the Berkeley-based political commentator also referred to reports of a recent meeting between the Palestinian president and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, noting that they discussed “ways in which for Abbas to provide some sort of covering sanction for the plans of Trump to accommodate himself to the agenda [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu (has) with respect to Palestinians and the occupied territories.”
Nothing has been moderated between Palestinians and Americans except “long-term indications of their [Israeli] desire to push the Palestinian population out of the West Bank,” he added.
Since he started his campaign for the 2016 presidential election, Trump, a New York billionaire, has voiced unconditional support for Tel Aviv, in part by vowing to move the US embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds.
The controversial decision has evoked Palestinians' bitter opposition as because they regard Jerusalem al-Quds as their future capital.