The United States has consistently supported peace in the Middle East since the days of President Jimmy Carter, whose exemplary show of diplomacy resulted in the 1979 Camp David Accords. Over the years, U.S. efforts towards peace have included:  

  • September 13, 1993: President Clinton oversees the signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington, D.C.; 
  • October 1996: U.S. brokers ceasefire between Palestinians and Israelis;
  • October 1998: President Clinton brokers agreement on Israeli redeployment in West Bank;
  • November 2, 1998: President Clinton brokers Wye River Memorandum regarding further Israeli redeployment, security, and economic issues;
  • 2007: President Bush's administration participates in the Quartet's Road Map to Peace;
  • 2013-2014: President Obama's administration launches new round of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks; 
  • 2017 - Present: President Trump's administration is working to achieve a just, comprehensive, and lasting peace between the parties.   

 Official visits:

  • December 14–15, 1998: President Clinton visits Gaza and Bethlehem. He addressed the Palestine National Council and attended a meeting with President Yasser Arafat.
  • January 10, 2008: President Bush visits Ramallah and Bethlehem. He met with President Mahmoud Abbas and visited the Church of the Nativity.
  • March 21–22, 2013: President Obama visited Ramallah and Bethlehem. He met with President Mahmoud Abbas and visited the Church of the Nativity.
  • May 3, 2017: President Abbas visits the White House for the first time during the Trump administration. May 23, 2017: President Donald Trump visits Bethlehem and meets with President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • May 03, 2017: Remarks by President Abbas and President Trump.  

Quotes from U.S. presidents about Palestine. Source: National Public Radio

  • March 16, 1977 — President Carter, at a town hall meeting in Massachusetts: “There has to be a homeland provided for the Palestinian refugees who have suffered for many, many years."

  • Sept. 1, 1982 — President Reagan: "The United States will not support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, and we will not support annexation or permanent control by Israel. ... Self-government by the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza in association with Jordan offers the best chance for a durable, just, and lasting peace."

  • Oct. 30, 1991 — President H.W. Bush: "Throughout the Middle East, we seek a stable and enduring settlement. We've not defined what this means; indeed, I make these points with no map showing where the final borders are to be drawn. Nevertheless, we believe territorial compromise is essential for peace."

  • Jan. 7, 2001 — President Clinton: "There can be no genuine resolution to the conflict without a sovereign, viable Palestinian state that accommodates Israelis' security requirements and the demographic realities."

  • June 24, 2002 — President Bush, outlining a new Middle East peace plan: "It is untenable for Israeli citizens to live in terror. It is untenable for Palestinians to live in squalor and occupation. ... My vision is two states, living side by side in peace and security."

  • June 4, 2009 — President Obama, in Cairo: "The only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security. ... Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel's right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine's. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements."

  • May 19, 2011 — President Obama: "The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state."  


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