Trump tells Israeli newspaper Palestinians 'aren't willing to make peace'

Inside the room of Ahed Tamimi 17 who was arrested by Israeli forces for slapping a soldier

Inside the room of Ahed Tamimi 17 who was arrested by Israeli forces for slapping a soldier

Speaking to the free sheet daily Israel Hayom, Trump noted that while U.S. -Israel relations were "great", peace with the Palestinians would make them "a lot better".

Abbas' diplomatic advisor Majdi Khalidi told official Palestinian radio station Voice of Palestine that the president will meet with Putin tomorrow in Sochi. But his comments about Israel mark rare criticism from a president who has publicly sparred with the Palestinians while forging warm ties with Israel ahead of the expected presentation of a USA peace outline.

Asked whether the settlements will be part of the peace plan, Trump replied, "We will be talking about settlements".

He explained that Palestinians will continue to consult with Russian Federation over any coming initiative.

The US' role as a broker in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has come under fire following the Trump administration's decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, upending seven decades of US foreign policy, CNN reported.

"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".

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However, police later arrested two militants and as many Over Ground Workers (OGWs) who helped Naveed to escape. The encounter started as the militants fired on security personnel, who responded strongly.

In response to Abbas' position, the Trump administration said in January that it would withhold $65 million of a $125 million aid installment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The official described the upcoming meeting as "important" as it comes on the eve of Abbas' address before the UN General Assembly later this month. In the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel captured and annexed the eastern half, but its claim to the territory continued to be disputed by Palestinians and unrecognized by most of the rest of the world. While his criticism of PA is nothing new, what is catching media's attention worldwide is that President Trump delivered a rare rebuke towards Israel by questioning its intention to make a peace agreement. "And I think it was a very important point".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday said he is ready to engage in negotiations with Israel but made it clear that East Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine, as he held talks with visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

To another question about the possibility of "containing Iran" Trump said "Absolutely, sure".

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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