Global Geopolitical Series: Trump questions Israelis and Palestinian's intention to make peace

The Palestinian Authority has been widely criticised for maintaining security coordination with Israel

The Palestinian Authority has been widely criticised for maintaining security coordination with Israel

In the interview, Trump said that his recognition of Jerusalem as the country's capital was one of the highlights of his presidency thus far. "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.

He pointed out that Russia's membership in the UN Security Council and the Mideast Quartet for peace enables it to play an active role in any effort to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

Gabriel also met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, where he said there was no alternative to a Palestinian state alongside Israel and expressed reservations over Trump's recent moves.

"All of those things... pale by comparison to the historic...determination by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel".

"Right now the Palestinians aren't willing to make peace, they're not", Trump said when asked about the long-anticipated revelation of his administration's Middle East peace plan.

While talking to Boaz Bismuth, Editor in Chief of Israel Hayom Daily, Trump also cast doubt on the Palestinians' desire to strike a deal.

Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas had condemned the move, saying it disqualified the USA from playing the role of arbiter. It has broken all worldwide laws and UN General Assembly resolutions and taken unilateral decisions, such as the deal of the century, which it seeks to levy on us.

Trump said he could understand why a number of other presidents who made moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem a campaign pledge, "bailed on their promise", because "I will tell you, the lobbying against it was tremendous". "So that's where I think Canada needs to go".

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

He added that the settlements "always have complicated making peace, so I think Israel has to be very careful with the settlements". The very next day, President Trump became the first sitting president in history to visit the Kotel Hamaaravi [the Western Wall].

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...

Palestine will continue to seek a full membership in the United Nations despite the U.S. veto which seems even more inevitable under the current administration, Nabil Shaath, the foreign affairs adviser of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Sputnik.

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