Abbas tells Putin he wants US peace role diluted

Pauline Gross
February 15, 2018

Trump officially in December, announcing an imminent embassy move from Tel Aviv. for days following the announcement, although Trump says he views the decision as one of the highlights of his first year in office.

Ishtayeh stressed that the thing which the Palestinians never accept "is to go for a peace process that becomes a bridge for Israel to pass and dictate its projects of settlement expansion and devote its military occupation on the Palestinian lands".

In an interview with the right-wing daily Israel Hayom, Trump weighed in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying neither side appears willing to reach an agreement.

"It's a bit much for Trump to chide Israel for not taking the peace process seriously". He also imposed a freeze on settlement activity - meaning Jews building in historic Jewish communities in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem - as another gesture toward Abbas.

Monday saw an awkward turn in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's and President Donald Trump's "friends for ever" relationship, which is still being sorted out. Meanwhile in an interview Trump also cast doubt on the Palestinians' desire to strike a deal. The Israeli settlement policies, which gathered pace following Trump's ascension to office, are widely supported by the United States ambassador to the country, David Friedman.

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Both during his presidential campaign and after becoming president, Trump promised to take steps toward settling the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This is about our very existence and upholding worldwide law. It's like rolling in place.

Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov remarked that the chances of Israel and Palestine resuming direct talks were "close to zero".

Meanwhile, Netanyahu indicated Monday that he has been engaged in discussions with the US about potentially annexing settlements in the West Bank and bringing them under Israeli law.

"I don't know anything about it", Adelson said when asked about the upcoming announcement of whether Netanyahu will be indicted. He called for suspending recognition of Israel. "It would be completely irresponsible for the Trump administration to contemplate endorsing unilateral annexation in any way".

At this point, instead of repeating the same error over and over again, the US and Israel might do well to reconsider the concept of what they are labeling as "peace".

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