Trump Says Israeli Settlements Complicate Peace Course of

Katrina Barker
February 15, 2018

Trump added that the issue of settlements will be discussed, when asked whether this issue would become a part of the US plan to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The White House added that the two leaders discussed several other diplomatic matters, including efforts to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the stalled peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

According to some reports, Israel went so far as to offer the Palestinians control of the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, in at least two separate, desperate bids to make peace. "They are not looking to make peace". Trump said still "Palestinians are not looking to make peace".

Abbas reacted in anger in December when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and set in motion the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv.

The status of Jerusalem, which is home to holy religious sites and has particular significance for Muslims, Christians and Jews, has long remained a sensitive topic and one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

Abbas has refused any contact with Trump's administration since Washington's decision at the end of past year.

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A leading Palestinian source told Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday that President Mahmoud Abbas plans to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for the launch of an worldwide peace conference that could produce a multilateral global approach capable to sponsor the political operation. Officials and experts have said the move would put an end to any chance of a negotiated settlement because East Jerusalem has always been envisioned as the capital of a future Palestinian state if and when a peace deal is reached. More than 600,000 Jews live in around 140 settlements built since Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in 1967.

Netanyahu on Monday said he had been in talks with Washington about annexing settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move condemned by a top Palestinian official as "land theft".

When President Trump chose to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, he put the Palestinians in an impossible position and joined Israel in a "blame game".

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