May 28, 2018

Trump questions Israel's interest in making peace with Palestine

12 February 2018, 12:55 | Taylor George

Trump questions Israel's interest in making peace with Palestine

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"The other presidents, all of them have failed in the promise even though they made it as a campaign promise but I understand it because I will tell you, the lobbying against it was tremendous", Trump said.

With relations between Washington and Moscow at a record low for the post-Cold War era, Abbas may be expecting that "Russia-US relations will get even worse and then Russia could do something to spite the US", Shumilin said.

Israel and the United States have long opposed an global effort involving the United Nations in peace negotiations, expressing concerns it would be biased against Israel.

Gabriel warned Israel against being lulled into indecision because of the warm embrace of the Trump administration, which recently recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and has been critical of the Palestinian leadership.

"But we do not have a political dialogue". There are matters that continue to work - visas, and trade, and many aspects did not stop.

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) arrives to a visit in the Western Wall on January 23, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition to recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, USA administration has also cut funding to United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees and threatened to withhold money to Palestinians unless they resume negotiations with Israel.

"We are against all of that", Shaath explained.

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Top Palestinian officials condemned the move, saying it disqualified the U.S. from playing the role of arbiter. "At the same time, we remain committed to the peace process and wish to resume it and achieve a two-state solution".

Abbas and Putin are scheduled to meet in Moscow on Monday. He added that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in particular, had proposed to form a preparatory committee that would address the formula of the new format and its participants.

Mr Trump repeated his view that the nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration with Iran was "catastrophic" and "terrible for so many sides, but especially for Israel" but would not say...

"By the way, even at the Madrid conference of 1991 it was decided that Moscow would become the venue for the second global forum".

"I think what we are seeing here is not the end of the United States role as an honest broker because it never was an honest broker", she told Al Jazeera.

"The president has demonstrated by words...and by deeds that he is a great friend of Israel, and I believe we all owe him a great debt of gratitude".

In accordance with existing agreements, the bulk of the Palestinian population of the West Bank live in the so-called Areas A and B, where the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) is responsible for providing all civilian services.

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