U.S. President Donald Trump declined to give a timeline for releasing the U.S. plan for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, telling an Israeli newspaper that he is not convinced that either party is committed to the process.
"Right now the Palestinians aren't willing to make peace, they're not", Trump said when asked about the long-anticipated revelation of his administration's Middle East peace plan.
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The full interview with Trump was published in Israel Hayom's Sunday edition. "No, I am not somebody who believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace".
Trump was also asked about his comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos that "Jerusalem is off the table" in terms of negotiations.
The president was particularly cautious during the campaign not to promise to make peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but rather simply emphasizing how "wonderful" it would be if he could be the one to make "the ultimate deal" by doing so.
"I think it was a very important point", he said.
"I think Jerusalem was a very big point and I think it was a very important point", he said.
"I have been thanked and in some cases not thanked, to be 100% honest about it".
"I think both sides will have to make hard compromises to reach a peace agreement", Trump added. "But it was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge". "It's our only opportunity and it will never happen after this".
Mr Trump repeated his view that the nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration with Iran was "catastrophic" and "terrible for so many sides, but especially for Israel" but would not...