USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer speaks to USA Today’s Oren Dorell

Trump and his advisers “seem not to want to deviate from established U.S. Israel policy,” said Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, an advocacy group in Washington. He said their goal appears to allow for negotiations down the road.

Before Trump’s visit to the Middle East last week, Netanyahu’s government froze settlement construction on land Palestinians want for a state. And during the trip, Trump urged Netanyahu to negotiate with the Palestinians, as have past presidents, because “they are ready to reach for peace.”

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