Trump Israeli settlements 'complicates' peace prospects with Palestinians

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But when asked about the USA peace plan, he said, "Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace".

"We have not and will not reject negotiations ever and we have said and we still say that we are ready to engage in negotiations, the formation of a multi-lateral mechanism that is produced by an global peace convention is the most ideal way to broker such negotiations", the 82-year-old Palestinian leader said. "So we are just going to have to see what happens".

As to whether Israel will be expected to give something in return for the Jerusalem move, as he has hinted several times since the December 6 announcement, Trump replied, "I think both sides will have to make hard compromises to reach a peace agreement".

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations on February 8 suggested that China and Arab League could also be part of any future "peace process" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Alexander Shumilin, a Middle East scholar at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, called Abbas' visit "an attempt to cosy up to Russia, a consistent ally, and to stop Netanyahu leading Moscow astray during an improvement in Russia-Israeli ties".

Protests erupted across the Middle East, and the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution, 128-9, opposing the USA position.

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The Israeli daily was also asked about his comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos that "Jerusalem is off the table" in terms of negotiations.

Recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was the high point of his first year in office, President Trump has said. This is combined with the establishment of a Palestinian state that includes over half of the West Bank area, all of the Gaza Strip and some neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

Speaking further, the top official said that Palestine was cooperating with foreign partners, including Russian Federation, on elaborating a new multilateral format of the Israel-Palestine settlement and would welcome the convening of a large conference in Moscow. "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".

While Trump took his usual "we'll have to see what happens" attitude of offering few details, he did caution that Israel's continued expansion of settlements in the occupied territories are seriously complicating peace efforts.

Not only has Jerusalem been considered home for Jewish people for thousands of years, the city also houses the Supreme Court and Israel's foreign affairs and government ministries, O'Toole explained.

"For the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, I can't help but think back to how I celebrated the 69th anniversary of the State of Israel". "I am talking about my own country, the United States of America", Mr De Niro said.

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