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Trump warns Israel that settlements 'complicate' peace hopes

Trump warns Israel that settlements 'complicate' peace hopes

"By taking Jerusalem off the table, I wanted to make it clear that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and as for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agreed to", he said.

In his introduction to the interview, Bismuth described Trump as changed.

"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 triggered global anger even from some allies when he defied advice against recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital by moving the American embassy there, a move analysts said had undone decades of efforts to foster peace in the region. He made a point of keeping his campaign promise on Jerusalem, which he noted in the interview, underlining its importance to him personally to "get done" in his first year in office.




He said, "Refraining from recognizing the Palestinian people's legitimate rights to their land and sacred sites, denying them the right to return and expropriating their sovereignty over the land in exchange for a regional peace and normalization with the Arab world is the right way to liquidate the Palestinian cause". I have been thanked and in some cases not thanked, to be 100 percent honest about it.

The president spoke with the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom in an interview released Sunday, claiming that the PA was uninterested in making peace with Israel, while adding that he was unsure if Israel was committed to reaching a deal with the PA. But when asked about the USA peace plan, he said, "Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace". And I think it was a very important point. "We will see what happens, but I think it is very foolish for the Palestinians and I also think it would be very foolish for the Israelis if they don't make a deal", Trump said. "I think we are very good partners and friends, so we can have frank conversations when we disagree".

"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. "It's our only opportunity and it will never happen after this", he asserted.

"We have not and will not reject negotiations ever and we have said and we still say that we are ready to engage in negotiations, the formation of a multi-lateral mechanism that is produced by an worldwide peace convention is the most ideal way to broker such negotiations", the 82-year-old Palestinian leader said.


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