"Right now the Palestinians aren't willing to to make peace, they're not". "Regarding Israel, I'm not sure that it's ready to make peace either so we'll need to wait and see what happens". We categorically and completely reject [US President Donald] Trump's statements about Jerusalem, his attempts to remove the issue of the city and refugees from the negotiating table, to cut down the funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
"I think both sides will have to make hard compromises to reach a peace agreement", Trump added.
Trump is quite correct in saying his relationship with Israel is generally strong, and his relationship with the Palestinians isn't good, but stating the obvious, that Israel's commitment to the peace process is shaky, at best, challenges Israel's worldwide narrative that they are inherently peaceful and their constant warring and occupation is everyone else's fault. "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".
Last month the United Nations expressed concern at a USA decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for an agency that supports Palestinian refugees. 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.
"I can't even understand why this is a debate".
The comments come as the Palestinian leader is scheduled to visit Russia on Monday to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to the official, the USA has over the past 11 years opposed the idea of an global conference, insisting on direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel as the preferred method to ending the conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday for talks on achieving a peace settlement with Israel, as Russia tries to promote itself increasingly as a peacemaker in worldwide conflicts. Nothing less. I think it is catastrophic for Israel, in how it was done, how it was allowed to be done, how it was signed, how it was agreed to, it is rather incredible to me.
He pointed out that Russia's membership in the UN Security Council and the Mideast Quartet for peace enables it to play an active role in any effort to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel.
In the interview, Trump said that his recognition of Jerusalem as the country's capital was one of the highlights of his presidency thus far.
Responding to question as to whether the ayatollah regime would still be in place in Iran when he leaves office, Trump said, "I expect to be here a long time".
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