Trump Discusses Israel-Palestine Peace Deal in Phone Call with Putin

'Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea, ' Trump said then. So we support making Jerusalem an open city with free access for all, and a sovereign Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

The Arab world will have it no other way, and successive presidents (ostensibly the most powerful men on earth) have always been too afraid of upsetting the oil-rich sheikhs, emirs and military dictators.

Mr Trump's approach towards Israel has appeared to be more lenient than with the Palestinians, with whom he has tangled publicly since his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital past year.

It was an unusual dig at Israel, made more significant for its appearance in a publication owned by Trump ally Sheldon Adelstein.

"In case of an global meeting, we ask that the United States be not the only mediators, but just one of the mediators".

Abbas, who is due to speak at the United Nations Security Council on February 20, has promised his people to work towards full recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN. It has strengthened diplomatic and defence ties with Israel since Modi came to power.

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Adelson, who backed Trump's presidential campaign with major financial contributions, is also a long-time friend and supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whose rise to political prominence was aided by Israel Hayom's positive coverage.

In a rare criticism of the Israeli leadership, the American president questioned Israel's commitment to making peace with the Palestinians.

And Palestine sees this as an opportunity rather than a threat. The policy falls so far outside the worldwide legal and political consensus that it has made the United States ineligible to play the role of sole broker in the Middle East. In December, when India protested against Palestinian envoy's participation at an anti-US rally in Rawalpindi addressed by Hafiz Saeed - accused in the 2008 Mumbai attacks - Palestine government immediately recalled its Ambassador.

Washington Post says that Trump's "comments about Israel mark rare criticism from a president who has publicly sparred with the Palestinians while forging warm ties with Israel ahead of the expected presentation of a USA peace outline".

"It's a bit much for Trump to chide Israel for not taking the peace process seriously". "As for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agreed to".

Putin also commented that stability in the region is "far from what we want to see".

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