Trump Calls Putin To Express Condolences Over Russian Airplane Crash

Donald Trump with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem

During his meeting with Abbas, the Palestinian Authority President, Putin said he could no longer accept the United States being a mediator in talks with Israel. Meanwhile in an interview Trump also cast doubt on the Palestinians' desire to strike a deal.

According to WAFA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Cairo on Monday, and told him the USA should "revive negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis".

"Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace". "Trump can hardly blame Israel now for not fully engaging the peace process-he clearly has yet to do so himself".

The Russian airplane crash occurred near Moscow and happened just minutes after take-off.

"Ishtayeh was commenting on Trump's remarks he made in an interview published in the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom where he accused the Palestinians that now they don't have the will and the desire to make peace". In December, Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "There was nothing that indicated that there will be any pressure on Israel in response to the settlements", Lara Friedman, president of the Washington-based Foundation for Middle East Peace, told Newsweek. Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and proceeded to effectively annex it, in breach of worldwide law. Since then he has cut US funding to a United Nations agency that assists Palestinian refugees and threatened to withhold aid money to the Palestinians unless they resume negotiations with Israel. "As for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agreed to", Trump said.




Trump also noted his "great" friendship with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The Palestinian side insists of forming a multilateral approach to overlook the peace process with the Israeli side", Abbas advisor, Majdi Khalidi, told Voice of Palestine in an interview.

In another controversial move apparently aimed at forcing Palestinians into negotiations with the Israelis, the United States has been applying economic pressure.

Trump said Israeli communities (settlements) in biblical Judea and Samaria complicate matters.

The Palestinians have never actually rejected peace talks, however, and have simply said in recent months, given Trump's overt hostility toward them, and declaration that Jerusalem is Israel's capital make the USA an unsuitable arbiter.

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