Trump questions Israel's interest in making peace


In an interview with the right-wing daily Israel Hayom, Trump weighed in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying neither side appears willing to reach an agreement. Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas had condemned the move, saying it disqualified the U.S. from playing the role of arbiter. Trump said still "Palestinians are not looking to make peace".

"It's a bit much for Trump to chide Israel for not taking the peace process seriously".

"President Trump has made it clear that he is more officially and formally pro-Israel than another recent president", added Bennis, who is also a fellow at the Institute for Policy.

Breaking with years of United States (U.S.) policy, Trump announced the move on December 6, drawing worldwide condemnation and sparking a wave of heated protests around the world. Instead, President Trump decided last month to take Jerusalem "off the table" - a step that encouraged Israelis to pursue policies in occupied East Jerusalem that seek to forcibly transfer the Palestinian population out of the city.

They say the not an honest broker and have pre-emptively rejected any peace proposal presented by the Trump administration.

'Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea, ' Trump said then.

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Israel Hayom is owned by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a Trump backer and a supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

10 that he is counting on India's support for a multi-country sponsorship of any future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

In parallel, the European Union plans to approach Washington with a new initiative that could generate the opening of partial negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, with the backing of the worldwide community.

Netanyahu on Monday said he had been in talks with Washington about annexing settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move condemned by a top Palestinian official as "land theft".

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

"I'm well aware that the prime minister, the Malaysian government and many Malaysians in general don't agree with the president's decision", she said. Trump, in one of his tweets, also accused the Palestinians of not showing enough "appreciation or respect" to the United States after he had taken "the toughest part of the negotiation off the table".