Trump says Israel does not really ‘want’ peace with the Palestinians


US President Donald Trump has said Israeli settlements “complicate” the peace process with Palestinians and urged “care” over the issue.

He also told an Israeli newspaper that he did not believe the Palestinians, as well as Israel, were ready to make peace.

President Trump angered Palestinians in December when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

He also threatened to withhold aid unless Palestinians agreed to talks.

The US leader’s latest comments came in an interview published on Sunday with the conservative newspaper Yisrael Hayom.

Asked by editor-in-chief Boaz Bismouth when the US would present its peace plan, Mr Trump said: “We will see what happens. Right now the Palestinians are not into making peace, they are just not into it. Regarding Israel, I am not certain it, too, is interested in making peace so we will just need to wait and see what happens.”

Asked whether Israeli settlements would form part of the peace plan, he said: “We will be talking about settlements. The settlements are something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace, so I think Israel has to be very careful with the settlements.”

More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

In excerpts of the interview published on Friday, Mr Trump said that recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital had been a highlight of his first year in office.

“I think Jerusalem was a very big point and I think it was a very important point,” he said.

“The capital, having Jerusalem be your great capital, was a very important thing to a lot of people. It was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge,” he said.

Israel claims the whole of the city as its capital but the Palestinians want East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will no longer accept the US as a mediator following the controversial recognition of Jerusalem.

Last month the UN expressed concern at a US decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for an agency that supports Palestinian refugees.

Washington said it would hand over $60m (£43m) of a planned payment to the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), but would keep back $65m until it carries out “reforms”.

  1. #1 by scj on 02/11/2018 - 9:34

    Not only that, israhell wants all Palestinians slaughtered.

  2. #2 by Israelisgenocide on 02/12/2018 - 9:34

    Israel is a genocide. No one believes trump or his son in law Kushner are impartial mediators, the jerusalem edict, where America just handed someone else’s capital to colonial invaders with one of the worst records crimes against humanity in the modern age!
    This is why Palestine no longer recognise D.C. as being a suitable arbitar. And as the UN votes show, israel is nothing but a menace, ever since israelis were caught with truck bombs on 911 they’ve bought the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust, which is going to be a lot worse than the alleged camps in Poland.
    Why do we let 3 million religious fanatics hold the world hostage? 65 percent of Americans disagree with the Jerusalem edict, Jews make up just two percent of the American population, and yet the clear policy of American government to put israel first, and so in the process sullied and isolated america from the rest of the world. This will collapse the American economy, it will not be pretty. The real issue is, are we going to let israel start their nuclear war? Why do we let them put ALL OF OUR LIVES at risk?!
    It is sheer madness, and will be the undoing of western society. In fact it already has, look around you.

  3. #3 by Danielle Marin on 03/01/2018 - 9:34

    Israelisgenocide, you raise excellent points here – clear & concise & of which there are simply no good arguments for. i agree with every point you make & can think of NO GOOD REASON why these things are as they are, other then for the fact, as we are all well aware, that this small percentage has 97% of the wealth of the country. He who has the most money collectively calls the shots, and it matters not that these shots called are not at all to the advantage of the masses and what they want, and what is the most humane, practical, fair, rational, sane, and RIGHT. it is as unfair, treasonous, and most of all as criminal as it can get. with each passing year we become more hated, more isolated, more criticized, despised, and it frustrates those of us that are awake to the truth that people of other nations tend to hate US as a whole, when it is but a mere 1-2% percentage & the bought and paid for minions they employ, to whom their hate need only be directed. i always appreciate when people of other nations, many of westerni europe, who at least empathize with us, knowing that no matter how we look at it, at the end of the day, collectively, we goyim have our proverbial hands tied behind our backs, mostly due to the fact they have too many brainwashed liberal jackasses either on their payroll or worse even, not on their payroll, who are too blinded to know they are helping to further their own demise.

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