The U.S. President Donald Trump warns Israel to “be very careful” with building settlements in West Bank as this issue complicates the opportunity to continue with the peace process.
He expressed his doubt that Palestine are not looking to make peace
“Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace; they are not looking to make peace.”
He said “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,” Trump told Israel Hayom newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.
He also added that the issue of settlements will be discussed, when asked whether this issue would become a part of the U.S. plan to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace … I am right now interested in the Palestinians and Israel.
“I don’t know frankly if we are going to even have talks, we will see what happens, but I think it is very foolish for the Palestinians and I also think it would be very foolish for the Israelis if they don’t make a deal.
He further said “It’s our only opportunity and it will never happen after this”
As at December 2017, Israel’s cabinet reportedly approved funding worth some 40 million shekels (11 million dollars) for the West Bank settlements.
Palestinians seek diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli government refuses to acknowledge Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity, and builds settlements on the occupied areas, in spite of objections from the UN.
Donald Trump promised to take steps toward settling the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Last year May during one of his trip to Middle East, the U.S. president told the Israeli and Palestinian leaders that they should make a compromise in order to achieve peace. He ordered his senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt to focus on the Middle East peace process. The two officials seems to have had countless meetings with local official, the outcome of the meeting is yet to be disclosed