Jerusalem was highlight of my year, says Donald Trump

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In response to the US decision on Jerusalem, the Palestinians declared that Washington is no longer an acceptable mediator for the peace process as well as between them and Israel.

In the meantime, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during their meeting in Cairo on Monday that the US should revive negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.

Trump once again labeled the Palestinian leadership as the primary obstacle to peace, saying, "Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace". Pressed on whether he wishes for the Israeli prime minister to emerge without a criminal charge, Adelson replied: "I wish for peace. So we are just going to have to see what happens". He also said that Israel should be careful about constructing settlements that might hinder future peace deals.

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. Relations between the United States and the Palestinians have spiraled since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

In a possible jab at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose time in office has been defined in large part, Trump acknowledged that settlements are making the peace process more hard. Just because you're right, Bibi, don't mean the Trump administration won't be using "alternative facts" on you.




Donald Trump has said that the issue of Israeli settlements "very much complicates" the prospects of a resolution with the Palestinians and that he is not sure either side in the conflict wants peace. Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and proceeded to effectively annex it, in breach of global law.

The Palestinians are also upset with Trump's threats to cut funding to cut funding to the PA and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). The statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that talks with the United States has been on over the possibility of Israel annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, drew swift condemnation from Palestinian leaders.

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

The Palestinians, who claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, saw Trump's announcement as unfairly taking sides with Israel.

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