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MAHMOUD ABBAS, PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT (through translator): And loss of whole (ph) for a better tomorrow under (INAUDIBLE).
Mr. President, if Israel wants to be a compliant state, it cannot continue to act as a state above law. And this calls for Israel to end its occupation of the land of state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders. Only then Israel will be accepted to live in peace, security and good neighborhood with the countries and peoples of the region based on the Arab Peace Initiative.
The opportunity for the two-state solution on the 1967 borders may be available today only, but we don't know what will happen later. Therefore, I take this opportunity and occasion of the visit of your excellency to the region to say that I extend my hand to the leaders of Israel to make peace for the braves.
And this has happened much before. Before Oslo Accords we have been extending our hands for peace with all Israeli leaders for a better future, for the future generations and for all the peoples of the region.
Mr. President, we welcome you again. And our confidence in you and your administration is very great. And we assure you of our readiness to work with you, hand in hand, in order to achieve comprehensive and just peace based on international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative and the signed agreements between us and Israel. There are agreements that we need to respect in a way -- in a manner that guarantees security, peace, stability and lasting prosperity for all the countries in the region.
Mr. President, peace begins with Palestine and Jerusalem. From here peace starts. We extend our hands for peace and to work with you, Mr. President, to achieve it.
Peace be upon you.
JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. President, President Abbas, thank you very much, and to your colleagues, with whom I had the opportunity to meet as well. It's good to see you, my friend. We've known each other for a long
time. And I'm very proud to be with you today as president of the United States. And I can -- we can count ourselves among the earliest supporters of a two-state solution.
As I stand with you today, now as president of the United States, my commitment to that goal of a two-state solution has not changed in all these years. Two states along the 1967 lines were mutually agreed to swaps (ph) remain the best way to achieve an equal measure of security, prosperity, freedom and democracy for the Palestinians, as well as Israelis.
The Palestinian people deserve a state of their own that's independent, sovereign, viable and contiguous. Two states for two peoples, both of whom have deep an ancient roots in this land, living side-by-side in peace and security. Both states fully respecting the equal rights of the other's citizens. Both peoples enjoying an equal measure of freedom and dignity. That's what this is fundamentally all about. Every person has the right to be treated with dignity. It's simply basic.
I know that the goal of the two state seems so far away while indignities like restrictions on movement and travel or of the daily worry of your children's safety are real and they are immediate.
The Palestinian people are hurting now. You feel -- you can just feel it. Your grief and frustration. In the United States, we can feel it. But we've never give up on the work of peace.
You know, there must be a political horizon that the Palestinian people can actually see or at least feel.
We cannot allow the hopelessness to steal away the future that so many have worked toward for so long. So even if the ground is not ripe at this moment to restart negotiations, the United States and my administration will not give up on trying to bring the Palestinians and Israelis and both sides closer together.
I do believe that in this moment, when Israel is improving relations of its neighbors throughout the region, we can harness that same momentum to reinvigorate the peace process between the Palestinian people and the Israelis. I recognize how hard all these challenges must be and will be to work through. Above all, there must be an end to the violence that has devastated too many families. It's heart wrenching that so many Palestinians and Israelis have lost their lives just this year.
And the United States has suffered loss as well, including the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh. And she was an American. An American citizen and a proud Palestinian. And she was performing very vital work on an independent media and vital work of democracy. Her death is an enormous loss to the essential work of sharing with the world the story of the Palestinian people. I hope that her legacy, her legacy will inspire more young people to carry on her work of reporting the truth and telling stories that are too often overlooked. The United States will continue to assist on a full and transparent accounting of her death and will continue to stand up for media freedom everywhere in the world.
President Abbas, in the past we met in Ramallah, but today, in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. A place of enormous significance in my faith as well. The birthplace of Jesus Christ. This is a city that lives in the hearts of millions of Christians and is a reminder of God's great gift to the world and our renewed and redemption in Christ.
Muslim and Jews also have an intense and deep connection to this land, particularly in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is central to the national visions of both Palestinians and Israelis. To your histories. To your faiths. To your futures. Jerusalem must be a city for all its people. Its holy sites preserving the status quo with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan continuing to serve as custodian.
And throughout this holy land, which is filled with so many places of meaning and significance to Muslims, Christians and Jews, we must all be free to practice our faiths in peace and safety and in dignity. We cannot wait for a peace agreement to be reached or for every issue to be resolved to deliver on the needs of the Palestinian people that exist today as I speak. The best way to feed the flame of hope is to demonstrate that things can be better.
And, President Abbas, the United States is a partner in this work to improve the day to day lives of the Palestinian people. That's why when I came to office, I reserved the policy -- I reversed the policies of my predecessor and resumed aid to the Palestinians. More than a half a billion dollars in 2021. That support for the economic development of the Palestinian people, to strengthen Palestinian security and to provide food for people to eat, to respond to the pandemic, including donating more than 1 million doses of Covid-19 to the West Bank and Gaza. It also includes more than 400 million in humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees through the United Relief and Works Agency, the UNRWA. And today I'm announcing the United States is going to provide an additional 200 million to the UNRWA so it can continue its vital work of helping the most venerable Palestinians, especially Palestinian children.
Earlier this month -- and I -- we decided and this morning I announced an additional $100 million in support of health care services for Palestinians throughout east Jerusalem hospital network. We were engaging with Israel around ways to spur greater Palestinian economic growth, including by implementing 4G mobile networks, increasing the supply of renewable energy, improving freedom of movement for Palestinians, both people and goods. These are the kinds of issues that progress can make life better for people right away and we should be about it right away.
And the Palestinian Authority has important work to do as well, if you don't mind my saying.
[06:40:01] Now is the time to strengthen Palestinian institutions, to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Now is the time to unleash the incredible potential of the Palestinian people through greater engagement in civic society, to combat corruption and advance rights and freedoms, improve community services.
All this work is critical. And it will help build a society that can support a successful democratic future and a future Palestinian state. And the United States will work with you, President Abbas, at every step.
So, thank you again for welcoming me and my delegation, the secretary of state, national security adviser and others, to visit with you. I hope our visit is the start of a new and reinvigorated dialogue between the Palestinian Authority, the United States and between the Palestinian countries and counties throughout -- and countries throughout the region, including Israel. So, let's work together to show the people of the region, especially young people -- young people -- that the future can be better than it is today.
I thank you all very much, and may God protect us all.
Thank you, Mr. President.
BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: All right, let's go first to Hadas Gold, who is in Bethlehem.
He's there, Hadas, trying to show his commitment and also, as you mentioned, and what the Palestinians were going to be listening for, he mentioned Shireen Abu Akleh.
HADAS GOLD, CNN JERUSALEM CORRESPONDENT: Yes, that's right, and that is something that so many Palestinians were going to be listening to. And in front of him, you couldn't see it on camera, but in front of him many, if not all, of the Palestinian reporters who were covering that press conference were wearing those black t-shirts with Shireen's face on them. I also believe that there was an empty seat left for Shireen Abu Akleh with her picture on it because if she was still here with us, she would be reporting on this press conference as one of the top reporters for al Jazeera.
He did talk about her. He did talk about how her death is an enormous loss, that her legacy should inspire more young people. And he did continue to call, he said, for full accounting and transparency into her death.
Now, her family did call on President Biden to meet with them during this trip. He is not going to be doing so as far as we can tell, although Secretary Blinken did speak with the family, inviting them to Washington. But this was a subject that he would not have been able to avoid during his press conference.
But there were some other things that we did not hear from President Biden, although we did hear him talking about his commitment to a two- state solution, we didn't hear him say the word "occupation," we didn't hear him say the word "settlement." Actually, if you remember, in 2010, when he came as vice president, Israeli authorities announced expansions of settlements and he was incensed, talking about how settlement expansion is doing the opposite of what they're trying to do, reaching a two-state solution, reaching confidence building measures and peace. We didn't hear that from him.
We also didn't hear anything about the Americans reopening the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem. This was a promise made to the Palestinians. Secretary Blinken mentioned it several times last year, that the Americans wanted to reopen the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem that largely served Palestinians. But because of Israeli opposition to that, that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
But, I mean, overall, there you can hear the difference. And you can hear President Biden saying, you know, I'm still committed to a two- state solution. I don't see it happening in the near future. Instead, they want to focus on these other measures, the increased funding, bringing back what Trump cut, the funding to the Palestinians, and other measures that they say will help the everyday Palestinian.
JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: You know, every hour that this trip continues, it gets more delicate and more complicated. We're seeing President Biden and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas walking through there, the Church of the Nativity, I believe, is where they're going to be at very soon.
And, Kaitlan, soon he heads to you, to Saudi Arabia. Kaitlan Collins in Jeddah. This trip only getting more delicate.
KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Yes. And one thing we should note, though, is he is leaving on the heels of this trip after his -- spending his - you know, he dedicated two days of his first stop in this trip to Israel. He's spending his last few hours with the Palestinians, devoting that time to them. Of course, it's a symbolic measure and he is restoring funding that his predecessor had stripped away from the Palestinians. But as Hadas notes, he's not doing a lot of the things that they would like to see, as Abbas just made clear.
But as he is coming here, he will be the first president, U.S. president, to fly from Israel to Jeddah on a direct flight after Saudi Arabia opened its air space to commercial airlines from Israel to gesture to Israel. And it certainly is a notable one.
But, of course, when he gets here, there are a lot trickier issues here because that is when he is going to be having that face-to-face with the Saudi crown prince. And that has really been the entire focus of this trip. Yes, he intentionally wanted to go to Israel first. Remember, that was something that President Obama did not do when he was in office. It was seen as a snub. He faced some criticism over it. President Biden, who, of course, made clear his love for Israel as -- when he was there on the ground, made that intentionally his first stop.
[06:45:03] But really a lot of this trip is about why he is coming here to Saudi Arabia. And the White House is saying that it's not just about asking them to pump more oil, it's not just about oil production but that is certainly a driving factor behind this. This reality that you're seeing come into shape now when it comes to his foreign policy on Saudi Arabia, a country that he largely tried to really keep at an arm's length as -- when he first took office. And so that meeting with the Saudi crown prince is going to be what everyone is watching just a few hours from now because there will be cameras in the room when they go to meet face-to-face, not at the first time, that's going to be closed to just officials only, but then when it breaks off and the king leaves the room and it's just President Biden and the Saudi crown prince and some of their top aides, that's when it's going to be the moment that everyone's paying attention to.
And it's not just about, you know, what President Biden said on the campaign trail. It's really also an ice breaker because, yes, this is a tightly choreographed trip by the White House. They are making sure that everything is done to a t, all the t's are crossed, the i's are dotted. But also there's a lot of unknown. They want to see how the conversation is going to go because that really will shape the relationship and what it looks like going forward and whether or not from now on he is communicating with MBS on the phone instead of King Salman, as he has done twice since he took office so far, John.
BERMAN: All right, Kaitlan Collins in Jeddah, Hadas Gold in Bethlehem, our thanks to both of you.
Developing this morning, Ukrainian officials say a Russian missile strike in Vinnytsia killed at least 23 people, wounded dozens more, including children. Many are still unaccounted for.
CNN's Scott McLean is in a hospital in Vinnytsia with the latest.
SCOTT MCLEAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: John, we've been speaking to people here. We met the family of one man who was inside of that concert hall at the time that one of those missiles came raining down and exploded. He was a technician working on a concert of a Ukrainian pop singer who was supposed to have had a concert last night to raise money for the military. His mother and his cousin told me that he has severe injuries to his spine and to his chest. We saw him just a few minutes ago being rolled on a stretcher to another building and he looks like he is, frankly, in very bad shape. They say the next few days for him will be absolutely critical.
And his cousin told me that she wants all of Russia to die. Those are her words. No one spared is what she told me. That's how angry she's feeling.
I also spoke with the medical director who said that all but two of the more than 100 people who showed up at this hospital with shrapnel wounds and with burns were civilians. He says he treats soldiers from the front lines all the time. He understands war, he understands military targets, but he does not understand this. Listen.
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DR. BOGDAN TROKHIMENKO, VINNYTSIA CITY CLINICAL EMERGENCY HOSPITAL (through translator): I don't understand the goal. To scare us? They won't scare us. But to kill civilians, it's beyond a crime. Something inhuman, incomprehensible. Words fail me.
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MCLEAN: Now, the youngest of the victims yesterday was a four-year-old girl named Leza (ph). Her mother had posted a video on Instagram of her pushing her stroller down the street. Just an hour or two later, she was lying dead beside that stroller.
President Zelenskyy mentioned this child in his nightly address. And we are learning today that the first lady of Ukraine had actually met this girl while shooting a Christmas video with children with disabilities just last year.
The president's deputy chief of staff was actually at this hospital earlier this morning meeting with some of the victims. I spoke to him briefly. And he told me that he actually met with this young girl's mother. Her name is Irina (ph). She survived. But because of the fragility of her health right now, and because of her injuries, she has not yet been told that her daughter was killed.
BERMAN: Scott McLean in Vinnytsia, civilians being caught in the middle, seems like they are targets here, thank you so much for your reporting.
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And, equipment to sell equipment as it were. The naked workout. Will it help Peloton? Will I get over this?
BERMAN: Wordle is coming to life. "The New York Times" and Hasbro are partnering to turn the popular online word puzzle into a board game. The game will maintain, we are told, the hallmark of Wordle's game play, but there will be one key difference, it is now a group activity.
Joining us, Erica Hill, Harry Enten, Rahel Solomon.
I have to say, when I heard Wordle is coming to life, I had this vision of a Frankenstein Wordle monster, you know, walking through, but it's a board game. It's not actually alive, despite what I said there.
Erica, the global implications of a Wordle board game.
ERICA HILL, CNN ANCHOR: I think we also have to take a moment and think about how wide ranging those global implications could be.
HILL: In all seriousness, my first thought when I saw this was like -- and I love Wordle. I play Wordle. I only play Wordle. I don't play all the other ordles. Like, have we jumped the shark at this point?
KEILAR: I play worldle (ph). But, yes, I love the Wordle.
HILL: Yes, but do you love it in a board game?
KEILAR: No, I don't.
HILL: Yes, me either.
KEILAR: I'm just going to be honest.
RAHEL SOLOMON, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Yes. Also I just wonder, has Wordle peaked?
SOLOMON: I mean, during the pandemic, we were all obsessively -- did you do Wordle today? How many tries did you get it? I mean Google Trends has its popularity really plummeting. So I just wonder if they missed - missed their peak.
HARRY ENTEN, CNN SENIOR DATA REPORTER: I'm just going to get more and more annoyed if someone goes on to Twitter and starts talking about their scores in the group Wordle that they played with their friends. I just need to block it all out. I cannot stand anymore. I never played it. I only watch the real sports with Brian Gumbel's special on it because apparently there's some crossover crossword puzzles and the guy at "The Times" does some competition where he judges both Wordle and the crossword puzzles. It's too much for my mind, especially at 6:52 in the morning.
BERMAN: You are the grumpiest people I've ever met.
ENTEN: Yes. Absolutely.
HILL: Wait, are you -- I know you love the Wordle. Are you excited about the board game?
BERMAN: I like the Wordle. I don't think anyone's being hurt by this. That's all I'm saying. I - you know, I - there's, you know.
KEILAR: And I love a board game. I have never met one I hate.
SOLOMON: And it's a -- it's a growing market. So certainly not a surprise that they would want to capitalize on the popularity certainly among the John Berman's of the word who are so very excited about Wordle. But its popularity has declined. It may have missed its peak.
BERMAN: I am very hip. I mean, just to be clear, like, (INAUDIBLE).
ENTEN: It's no Candyland. Let's put it that way.
HILL: Very hip. Very hip. I mean, what is?
ENTEN: Nothing's Candyland. I love Candyland. I still play it.
KEILAR: You put us on notice that we had to be more optimistic about it.
OK, so, Tom Brady has said something that is getting a lot of attention, which is that he is worried, right, he is worried about parenting. And he talks about what the hardest thing is for him. And this is it.
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TOM BRADY, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS QUARTERBACK: It's probably the hardest thing for us as parents. You know, with myself and my wife. My wife grew up in rural, you know, Brazil, the furthest state south, Rio Grande do Sul, very small kind of farming town, very simple girl. You know, there were two bedrooms int heir house, one of their parents and one for her and her five sisters. You know, and I grew up in - in I would say a middle class family in California. My dad worked his ass off for our family. My mom stayed at home, took care of us kids. And I saw my mom work every day to make food for us at night and, you know, wash our clothes. And then I look at my life with my family and it's so fast. I mean it's just -- we have people that clean for us. We have people that make our food. We have people that drive us to the airport if we need that. You know, we get off the -- we get off a plane and there's people waiting there for us and we get ushered in. And it's just -- that's my kids' reality, which is the hard part to say, guys, this is not the way reality really is, you know?
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ENTEN: Please. Please.
HILL: It's going to be OK.
ENTEN: Oh, my God, it's so rough being Tom Brady. Paid hundreds of millions of dollars and now he's going to go announce after he retires.
Look, I get the point that he was making, which is, you know, he wants to make sure his kids are grounded. And I know some kids in my life I've come across who haven't necessarily been grounded. But I can't help but think if I'm a part of a family that's truly struggling, that those words are going to fall on deaf ears. SOLOMON: Yes, it's very, very first world problems. I mean he and his
wife are worth a combined $650 million by some estimates. So, very unique problem to certain people. I mean Jay-z was asked a similar question when he sat down with "The New York Times" magazine about, how do you make sure that the experiences you have that have clearly shaped you are passed on to your kids. I think it's an interesting question because I am not a parent, I should say that in full disclosure, but, I mean, you want to raise children who are kind, compassionate, grounded. But I also question how important grit is, right? I mean how do you sort of instill that grit in children when they grow up with staff. I don't know.
HILL: Yes. That's what's hard, right? And I think -- you see the headline and you want to pull out the world's tiniest violin. But there is, to your point, there is some merit in that. And that, look at you, with your - just your love for Tom Brady on your face oozing, oozing. I know he's your boyfriend, but still -- no.
But there is that -- I do think there is this idea of -- and my husband and I talk about this all the time. We are able to do more for our children than our parents could. And you want to offer your kids -- I think every parent wants to offer their kids the best they possibly can. But with that comes, right, where is that grit, and reminding them how -- and hopefully instilling it in them so that it comes more naturally, the empathy, the kindness and also recognizing the privilege that they have in their lives and how do they - I hope for my children anyway, how do they use that privilege, right, to help others who may be less fortunate and to recognize how fortunate they are in this moment.
BERMAN: You just gave -- you gave the -- Tom Brady basically just said that. You said it better. He was just asked a question.
BERMAN: If Tom Brady had said -- if someone had asked him, what's the hardest part about raising your kids, and Tom Brady has said putting food on the table, you would have been like, that's just not true. So, he told us what the hardest part was.
ENTEN: Always defending Tom Brady.
SOLOMON: His very, very first world problems, for sure.
BERMAN: No, no, he had - these are the problems he faces. I actually think there's some self-realization there, some recognition of the issues that he faces.
KEILAR: Yes. I think deep-seated in any parents' fears about their children is that you're going to raise a brat, right?
KEILAR: Who doesn't appreciate what they have. And that must be especially true if you're Tom Brady, right? But, I mean, how do you make sure --
BERMAN: Why is it especially true if you're Tom Brady?
KEILAR: Well, I just look around --
BERMAN: Chances are you're going to raise a kid who's incredibly handsome and talented.
KEILAR: Well, here's why, because I think - I look around at people who have a lot of money and have raised children, and it sometimes does not turn out so well. And I imagine that if you were a Tom Brady and you have all of this success and you've done so well, but, at the end of the day, you raise children who don't end up doing so well, or, you know, money can get them access to things you don't want them having access to, things that cost a lot of money, and we know what some of those vices are, in the end of the day, are you proud of what you achieved or do you wish that you had children who, you know, are doing better than that?
HILL: Yes. But I think you're right. I mean that's definitely -- I will say, you know, on a serious note, that's how I approach parenting, and my husband as well, is, we want to raise good kids who are good people and who contribute to society, right, and have a good, strong character. And that is so much about setting an example for them, right? Whether it's Tom Brady talking about, I'm recognizing all of these things that we have and I want you guys to know this is not the way the world works, or, you know, something more simple.
Bit, I think you're right, at the end of the day it's the kid that matters. And you can have all the money in the world, that doesn't mean you're going to turn out a great kid.
KEILAR: I will also -
BERMAN: Can we just talk about the only thing that's more important than this, which is naked "Law & Order" actors.
HILL: Oh. Christopher Maloney.
BERMAN: All right, just before -
BERMAN: You know, there's a Peloton ad that shows a naked "Law & Order" actor. Discuss.
No, here it is. This is Christopher Maloney from "Law & Order SVU" and he's trying to sell Peloton products and this ad matters, Rahel, why?
SOLOMON: Well, I mean, because Peloton has been struggling to say the least. I mean sales are down. They are in full crisis mode trying to turn around the company, generate more cash. Will Christopher Maloney's assets be able to do it? I don't know. But he, for one, is having a moment. Remember last summer, guys, he was sort of crowned by --
BERMAN: How can you tell? Never mind. Go ahead.
SOLOMON: He was - he was crowned on the Internet as zaddy (ph) and that was a whole thing. So, Christopher Maloney is having a moment. His popularity has certainly not peaked, unlike Wordle.
ENTEN: I would just say - I would just say, going back to Oz, I've been a fan of Christopher Maloney. That was another example, you know, of a show in which the male body was shown off and sexuality was discussed.
And it's amazing that 25 years later, after Oz basically debuted on HBO, we're getting another version of it, where we get to see Christopher Maloney. He's maybe the only person, besides Tom.