Palestinians to ask Putin to step into peace process

Marie Harrington
February 15, 2018

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Trump: Neither Israelis nor Palestinians looking to make peace".

In addition, Israeli authorities are continuously bulldozing Palestinian villages while Israeli armed forces are forcibly expelling Palestinians from their homes - all of which amounts to human rights abuses.

The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, has said that he will no longer accept the United States as a mediator following the move. He declined to comment on a time frame to settle the boundary issue saying that both Israel and Palestine were not committed to peace.

Trump told Putin that "now is the time to work toward an enduring peace agreement", according to a White House statement.

"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", Trump said. The Palestinian leader has been highly critical of Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Trump said Israeli communities (settlements) in biblical Judea and Samaria complicate matters.

However, if we continue to insist on referring to Israeli territorial concessions to the anti-Semitic PA as "peace", Israel has repeatedly proven it is willing to go out on a limb, to put in mildly, to make such accommodations. "So we are just going to have to see what happens", Trump said, refusing to share any details on America's roadmap out of this latest mire.

"We don't seek a confrontation or a fight with the USA administration", Erekat said. It's unclear whether their visit was directly related to the new buzz about Israel considering an action to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank, which would nearly certainly kill an Israeli-Palestinian peace process that's already on life support. So we support making Jerusalem an open city with free access for all, and a sovereign Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

This comes amid Israel's plan to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Top Palestinian officials condemned the move, saying it disqualified the US from playing the role of arbiter.

A leading Palestinian source told Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday that President Mahmoud Abbas plans to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for the launch of an worldwide peace conference that could produce a multilateral global approach capable to sponsor the political operation.

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