Trump questions whether Israel, Palestinians ready to make peace

German Foreign Minister: Trump Support Not Necessarily Good for Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to help form an global multilateral mechanism for sponsoring the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel, PA officials said on Sunday.

"Right now the Palestinians aren't willing to to make peace, they're not". And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace.

"We reject completely and totally the Trump's statements about Jerusalem and the Trump's attempt to eliminate Jerusalem and the refugees from the negotiation table, and the Trump's attempts to cut down the aid to the United Nations organisation that deals with the Palestinian refugees".

In excerpts of the interview published on Friday, Mr Trump said that recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital had been a highlight of his first year in office.

On November 29 2012, the United Nations designated Palestine as a non-member observer state after a vote by the General Assembly.

The Israeli daily was also asked about his comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos that "Jerusalem is off the table" in terms of negotiations.

"Since he took office, Trump's decisions on the Palestinian cause - recognizing Jerusalem to be the capital [of Israel] and cutting aid, which was the largest package to UNRWA [UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees] - are created to liquidate the Palestinian cause". "Not only is Jerusalem obviously and objectively the capital of the state of Israel since its creation, but it is the ancient capital of the Jewish people", Kenney said alongside O'Toole on a panel called Refreshing Foreign Policy at the annual Manning Centre's Networking Conference. 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. "I don't know frankly if we are going to even have talks".

More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The president was particularly cautious during the campaign not to promise to make peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but rather simply emphasizing how "wonderful" it would be if he could be the one to make "the ultimate deal" by doing so.

Speaking further, the top official said that Palestine was cooperating with foreign partners, including Russian Federation, on elaborating a new multilateral format of the Israel-Palestine settlement and would welcome the convening of a large conference in Moscow.

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

"Russia and Putin can play an important role within the frame of an worldwide forum for peace", Abbas' diplomatic adviser, Majdi al-Khalidi said. "It was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge", he said.

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