German Foreign Minister: Trump Support Not Necessarily Good for Israel

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It comes amid anger among Palestinians at US President Donald Trump's latest hostile measures in favor of Israel, including his decision last December to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the "capital" of the regime and begin work to transfer Washington's embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city. He said, "Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace". The 92-page document discusses the U.S. strategy for Israeli-Palestinian peace, which, according to the document, will be announced within two to three months.

Asked when the United States would present a peace plan, Trump said: 'We will see what happens.

Speaking to the Israel Hayom newspaper, President Trump has made comments all but unheard of among top USA officials, openly questioning whether Israel "is genuinely seeking to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians".

And asked whether Israeli settlements would form part of the peace plan, the US President said: 'We will be talking about settlements.

The remarks are consistent with the way Trump talked about settlements in a similar interview with Bismuth previous year.

"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.

Protests erupted across the Middle East, and the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution, 128-9, opposing the USA position.

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

USA lost its credibility of being mediator in peace process between Israel and Palestine after President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as capital of Israel in December last.

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Meanwhile, Palestinian Prisoners Club said in a press statement Monday that Israeli forces arrested at least 15 Palestinians in the early morning hours from the West Bank and three others from East Jerusalem.

"I think what we are seeing here is not the end of the United States role as an honest broker because it never was an honest broker", she told Al Jazeera.

President Abbas received Modi who said that India hopes for Palestine to soon become a sovereign and independent country in a peaceful environment. "Not only is Jerusalem obviously and objectively the capital of the state of Israel since its creation over 60 years ago but it is the ancient capital of the Jewish peoples", Kenney said.

Also in the interview, Trump criticized Israel's continued building of communities in Yehudah and Shomron.

The settlements are considered illegal under global law, though Israel disputes this.

"For the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, I can't help but think back to how I celebrated the 69th anniversary of the State of Israel".

"I think Jerusalem was a very big point", Trump said.

The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, has said that he will no longer accept the United States as a mediator following the move.