Trump to Putin: 'Now is the time' for Israeli-Palestinian peace

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Trump 'not necessarily sure' Israelis & Palestinians are looking to make peace

The White House had been expected to unveil a new peace proposal in the spring but the timetable has been in doubt ever since Palestinian leaders said they would play no part in a US-mediated process following Washington's recognition of Jerusalem. And he is not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace.

"President Putin noted that he would meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later today, and President Trump said that now is the time to work toward an enduring peace agreement", the release said on Monday. While we acknowledge and respect its deep connection to the three major monotheistic religions, the city is also the heart of our people - Muslims and Christians - as a nation.

Palestinians, whose reaction was quite predictable, continue to reject the U.S. role in the peace process They stress that their official position remains unchanged and that they envisage the establishment of an independent state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as their capital. Relations between the United States and the Palestinians have spiraled since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

"I wanted to make it clear that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel", he told the newspaper. We took it off the table. The emergency meeting was convened by EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and by Norway's Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide, following threats by the United States administration to cut in half its funding to UNRWA, the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees. What will be next?

Outraged Palestinians saw Trump's move as endorsing Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which they claim as the capital of a future Palestinian state. But this is not a game to us. The global community considers the settlements illegal when they pass the Green Line, a demarcation drawn after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

"Friendship between India and Palestine has stood the test of time". The world must start now to hold Israel accountable when it violates worldwide law, and to create an global umbrella for negotiations.

"I have just spoken over the phone with United States President Mr. Trump".

Modi was accompanied by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamadallah at the Arafat mausoleum before he joined President Abbas to receive the guard of honour and hold talks.

In another controversial move apparently aimed at forcing Palestinians into negotiations with the Israelis, the USA has been applying economic pressure.

President Trump, for the wrong reasons, has put the issue of Palestine back on the worldwide agenda. Just because you're right, Bibi, don't mean the Trump administration won't be using "alternative facts" on you. Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and proceeded to effectively annex it, in breach of global law.

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