Trump says Israeli settlements 'complicate' peace prospects with Palestinians

Trump Suggests Kushner's Middle East Peace Negotiations Are Doomed, Warns Israeli Settlements Are an Obstacle to

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

Abbas met with Putin in an attempt to find a new Mideast peace broker and to promote Palestinian statehood. -Israeli relations are at an all-time high, he said, and the chance to make peace "will never happen after this". Washington withheld $65 million-worth of a planned installment of $125 million to the Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA.

India has always played a leading role in the pro-Palestinian Non-Aligned Movement.

"The Palestinian leadership has positively responded to all the USA and worldwide calls over the past years in a hope of finding a serious political path", said Ishtayeh, adding that "the Palestinian side has tried all the tracks for this, but without results". It has strengthened diplomatic and defence ties with Israel since Modi came to power.

"The fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu is now openly contemplating annexation of Israeli settlements is beyond risky", Jeremy Ben-Ami, President of the pro-Israel peace group J Street, said in a statement.

Israel Hayom is owned by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a Trump backer and a supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas told them that the PA was interested in developing and strengthening its relations with Russian Federation.

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And Palestine sees this as an opportunity rather than a threat.

There is no significant evidence to suggest that a Palestinian state run by a Palestinian leadership that openly supports terrorism and has been flirting with a unity deal with Hamas would be moderate or a force against regional radicalism.

Palestine evaluates that India being "an worldwide force of great prestige and weight" is better placed to play a vital role in the region.

"I think both sides will have to make hard compromises to reach a peace agreement", Trump added. "They are not looking to make peace".

"The Palestinian side insists on forming a multilateral approach to overlook the peace process with the Israeli side" in an attempt to disregard the United States from its former role in the peace process, he said.

Putin also commented that stability in the region is "far from what we want to see".

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