Trump questions Israel's interest in making peace

Posted February 15, 2018

In the interview, Trump criticized Israel's West Bank settlements, which the Palestinians and most of the global community view as illegal obstacles to peace.

Erekat suggested that the U.S.'s actions amount to attempts at staging a "coup" against the "Palestinian political system", according to The Times of Israel.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. He declined to comment on a time frame to settle the boundary issue saying that both Israel and Palestine were not committed to peace.

On 30 December, Trump had tweeted on street protests in various Iranian cities saying, "Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas".

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"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.

Breaking with years of United States (U.S.) policy, Trump announced the move on December 6, drawing global condemnation and sparking a wave of heated protests around the world.

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations on February 8 suggested that China and Arab League could also be part of any future 'peace processes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The UN voted to condemn Trump administration's decision overwhelmingly.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on a visit there, that India should play the role of a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, replacing United States who played the mediator role over the years.

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Trump White House has been less publicly critical of Israel's settlement building than previous administrations. "So we are just going to have to see what happens".

Israel for its part is continuing to aggressively pursue the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, which are another major stumbling block in the peace process.

Palestinians see the US Jerusalem decision, which broke with years of worldwide diplomacy, as a denial of their claim to East Jerusalem as the capital of an eventual Palestinian state.

When President Trump made a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, he put the Palestinians in an impossible position and joined Israel in a "blame game". The worldwide community considers the settlements illegal when they pass the Green Line, a demarcation drawn after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

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In another controversial move apparently aimed at forcing Palestinians into negotiations with the Israelis, the U.S. has been applying economic pressure.