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President Donald Trump said the expansion of Israeli settlements does not positively impact efforts to reach peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but added he did not wish to condemn the Jewish state.
The Palestinians are seeking to create their independent states on the territories of the West Bank, partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip.When asked whether he planned to fulfill his campaign pledge to relocate the USA embassy to Jerusalem, the president said he was still considering the issue. The daily on Friday published a Hebrew-language translation of an excerpt from the full interview, which the daily promised to publish in full Sunday.Eyewitnesses who were at the funeral of one of the two workers in Rafah said that the tunnel opening on the Egyptian side was struck, not the Palestinian side, and both workers were killed.Despite Trump’s inconsistency on these issues, the Israeli far-right has celebrated his election victory and Netanyahu’s coalition government has pushed ahead with pro-settler policy moves, emboldened by the billionaire’s statements.

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What is worse is President Duterte’s labelling of the said groups as terrorists and his order to arrest the latter’s leaders. Miguel Victor Alejo and five other soldiers, as well as the abduction of three other soldiers, in northern Mindanao.
Although Israel maintains that Jerusalem is its capital, Palestinians living under Israeli occupation have long sought to make Jerusalem their capital as well, making it a key sticking point in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.During the USA presidential election campaign, Mr Trump presented himself as a staunch supporter of Israel, and he criticised Barack Obama in December for choosing not to veto a UN Security Council resolution declaring that settlements had “no legal validity” and were an obstacle to peace. “But we are examining a number of options”, he added. So many people think it can not be made.Former U.S. diplomats, Palestinians and Arab leaders such as King Abdullah II of Jordan have warned Trump the embassy move could stoke religious passions and spark violence, as Muslims rally to defend what they see as a threat against their holy places in the heart of Jerusalem. ‘Israel has had a long history of condemnation and difficulty. And a lot of smart people around me claim that you can’t reach an agreement. I have very smart people that… say a deal [between Israel and Palestine] can’t be made. “I would like to see a level of reasonableness of both parties, and I think we have a good chance of doing that”.”I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace”, he said. “I want peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and beyond that I think peace for Israel will be great for Israel, not just good”.

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