Abbas heads to Moscow in bid to sideline United States from peace process

Israel Mahmoud Abbas Israel-Palestine East Jerusalem Donald Trump world news Indian Express news

Israel Mahmoud Abbas Israel-Palestine East Jerusalem Donald Trump world news Indian Express news

On December 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and instructed the U.S. State Department to launch the process of moving the U.S. Embassy, now located in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem. He said, "Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace. It still works. Besides, the main task of the U.S. consul in Jerusalem remains to represent the United States in relations with the Palestinians, because the USA relations with Israel are still handled by the embassy in Tel Aviv", Shaath said.

Gabriel also met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, where he said there was no alternative to a Palestinian state alongside Israel and expressed reservations over Trump's recent moves.

Asked whether Israeli settlements would form part of the peace plan, he said: "We will be talking about settlements".

Trump warned Netanyahu's goverment against Israeli settlements getting in the way of negotiations.

Asked about the issue of settlements, the US President called them "something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace".

The unilateral United States decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was challenged at the UN General Assembly where 128 nations, including India, voted to turn down the move as "null and void".

Adelson, who backed Trump's presidential campaign with major financial contributions, is also a long-time friend and supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whose rise to political prominence was aided by Israel Hayom's positive coverage.

Palestinians regard Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.


"There has to be assurances of respect for all the different faith communities and of the Palestinian people and their place in Jerusalem, but lets be realistic, there will never be a comprehensive peace settlement that does not recognize recognize Jerusalem as the...capital", said Kenney.

"We are going to see what goes on".

He also threatened to withhold aid unless Palestinians agreed to talks.

Israel and the United States have long opposed an worldwide effort involving the United Nations in peace negotiations, expressing concerns it would be biased against Israel. It was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge'.

In excerpts of the interview published on Friday, Trump was quoted as calling his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "a very big point" of his first year in office.

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.

One of the detainees is 17-year-old Mustafa al-Badn from the town of Tuqu' in the city of Bethlehem; he said Israeli forces raided his family home at 1:30 A.M., detained him and took him to Etzion prison.

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