'Palestinian Authority isn't interested in making peace'

Palestinians protest U.S. aid cuts at U.N. offices at the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Feb. 11

In the interview with Israel Hayom newspaper, Trump also said he did not believe the Israelis, as well as the Palestinians, were ready to make peace.

"Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace. They are not looking to make peace", Trump said in the interview with the right-wing paper. "Regarding Israel, I am not certain it, too, is interested in making peace so we will just need to wait and see what happens". This includes declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel alone, which Trump has done, halting the UNRWA activity, and the Israeli government declaring a number of settlements annexed to Israel.

American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attends the lobby for Israel-US relations at the Knesset on July 25, 2017.

"The settlements complicate on a different level - and it's always complicated - in making peace, so Israel needs to act with caution on the topic of settlements", Trump said.

According to Trump, "both sides will have to make significant compromises in order to achieve a peace deal".

Trump has said he intends to bring the Israelis and Palestinians to the "ultimate deal" that would resolve the decades-long conflict, but in the interview he questioned whether negotiations were even possible for the time being. "It's our only opportunity and it will never happen after this".

Since Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians have declared that the U.S. is disqualified from mediating the peace process and demanded an worldwide multilateral approach to sponsor the peace talks with Israel.

In an open challenge to critics of a Palestinian state, Gabriel asked: "How do you want Israel's future to look like?"

Palestinian leaders say there can be no peace talks involving the United States administration until its decision on the city, whose eastern neighborhoods they claim for a future capital, is reversed.

Last month the United Nations expressed concern at a USA decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for an agency that supports Palestinian refugees.

In his Israel Hayom interview, Trump declined to discuss whether the U.S. would cut off support to countries that boycott Israel.

"I think every Jew should welcome this decision by the president", Danon said.

The US President also criticized his predecessor Barack Obama who he said was "terrible" for Israel, due to his pursuing of the Iran nuclear deal. "(I) t was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge", he said. "Obama was awful. He was absolutely bad for Israel".

When asked to name the most memorable event of his presidency, Trump was quoted as saying "I think Jerusalem was a very big point".



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