Trump says unsure if Israel wants peace with Palestine

JERUSALEM: President Trump puzzled Israel's interest in making peace with the Palestinians in an interview published on Sunday, spotlighting its West Bank settlements as a complicating issue.

In the interview within the Israel Hayom day-to-day, Trump also solid doubt on the Palestinians' need to strike a deal. But his comments about Israel mark rare grievance from a president who has publicly sparred with the Palestinians while forging heat ties with Israel ahead of the predicted presentation of a US peace outline.

"Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace. And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace. So we are just going to have to see what happens," Trump was quoted as pronouncing. He did not expose details about the expected peace plan.

Israel Hayom is owned through American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a Trump backer and a supporter of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. In the interview, Trump criticised Israel's West Bank settlements, which the Palestinians and many of the global group view as unlawful stumbling blocks to peace. The Trump White House has been much less publicly important of Israel's agreement development than previous administrations.

"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," he said. Relations between america and the Palestinians have spiraled since Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.
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