MADA: 117 Israeli Violations of Palestinian Media Freedoms since December

German Foreign Minister: Trump Support Not Necessarily Good for Israel

German Foreign Minister: Trump Support Not Necessarily Good for Israel

In an interview published on Sunday, Mr Trump also told an Israeli newspaper that he was sceptical that either side - Palestinians or Israelis - were ready to make peace.

"Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace".

Abbas, the officials said, wants Russian Federation and other countries to play a larger role in any peace process with Israel in a bid to supplant the U.S., in the wake of what Ramallah calls Washington's "hostile policies" towards the Palestinians. Since Israel would never relinquish Jerusalem, the argument goes, it is better to just sweep the issue off the table.

After that, according to Shaath, a new global conference modeled on the Madrid Conference of 1991 could be convened, prompting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with smaller memberships, as it happened during the negotiations between six world powers and Iran on the latter's nuclear program.

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

"That money is on the table and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace", Trump said last month beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

On Dec. 6, President Donald Trump reversed decades of American foreign policy and formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinians see the U.S. 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.

"We are going to see what goes on. The Palestinian Authority needs to adopt a clear position and trigger a major uprising involving all social components in a militant program that would be agreed upon at the national level".

"Russia and Putin can play an important role within the frame of an global forum for peace", said Majdi al-Khalidi, diplomatic adviser to Abbas.

President Donald Trump has warned Israel that its West Bank settlements risk complicating efforts to find peace in the Middle East.

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.

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".

Trump characterized his declaration regarding Jerusalem as a "very big point" in the first years of his presidency.

"Russia and Putin can play an important role within the frame of an worldwide forum for peace", Abbas' diplomatic adviser, Majdi al-Khalidi said.

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