Trump criticises Israeli settlements

Feb 11, 2017, 00:13
Trump criticises Israeli settlements

President Donald Trump told Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, that he is "not somebody that believes that going forward with. settlements is a good thing for peace", in an interview billed as his first with Israeli media since taking office.

In an interview with Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, published on Friday, Trump made the remarks that he is studying the plan and stressed that it is not an easy decision to make.

Bishop William Shomali, Patriachal Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for the Holy City and Palestine has strongly condemned the law passed yesterday in the Israeli parliament, which "legalised" houses and Israeli settlements built illegally on Palestinian territory illegally occupied by the army of Israel.

President Trump is sounding more and more like President Barack Obama when it comes to issues important to Israel.

He has promised to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a disputed city, slammed the Obama administration for not using its veto powers in the UNSC over the settlement resolution in December 2016, and even praised the controversial security wall Israel has built through Palestinian lands.

Hamas is mostly concerned about the possibility that the perpetrators of Wednesday's attack on Israel were Palestinian, and that they have been planning to return to Gaza.

Trump also called on both the Palestinian and Israeli side to "act reasonably". I'm thinking about it very seriously, and we will see what happens'.

"There is limited land left, and every time you take land for settlements, there's less land left".

Earlier Thursday, the New York Times reported that, in order to move ahead with the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, Trump was deliberating bringing in Arab states and embracing the "outside-in" approach favored by Netanyahu.

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".

"Israel has a long history of condemnations and difficulties". Decades. A lot of people think that it can't be done. I'm learning the subject, and we'll see what happens. I'm not someone who bevies that advancing settlements is good for peace.

"I understand Israel very well and have a lot of appreciation for it", Trump said. "I don't agree. I think we can reach an agreement and that we need to reach an agreement". And I don't want to be condemning Israel.

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