O'Toole, Kenney agree with Trump: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel

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But when asked about the US peace plan, he said, "Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace". Just two weeks ago, Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt told European Union ambassadors that the president does not consider Israeli settlements to be an obstacle to peace.

Trump went on to say that controversial Israeli land settlements have played a muddled the peace process.

The Israeli government refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity and continues to build settlements in occupied areas, in spite of objections from the UN.

"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", he said.

On November 29 2012, the United Nations designated Palestine as a non-member observer state after a vote by the General Assembly.

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Last month multiple media outlets reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expected Trump's administration to move the US embassy into Jerusalem by the end of 2018.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is visiting Russian Federation on Monday in a bid to secure President Vladimir Putin's support following Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

He also threatened to withhold aid unless Palestinians agreed to talks.

More than 600,000 Jews live in around 140 settlements which are considered illegal under global law and were built since Israel's occupation in 1967 of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In excerpts of the interview published on Friday, Trump was quoted as calling his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "a very big point" of his first year in office.

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Israel and the United States have long opposed an worldwide effort involving the United Nations in peace negotiations, expressing concerns it would be biased against Israel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday for talks on achieving a peace settlement with Israel, as Russia tries to promote itself increasingly as a peacemaker in global conflicts.

Palestinian journalists often describe their work as a form of "resistance", as they believe their stories show the world the devastating effects of Israel's policies on Palestinians and provide Palestinians an outlet for their voices in a media climate that is often overshadowed by pro-Israeli narratives. "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", Trump said.

"The capital, having Jerusalem be your great capital, was a very important thing to a lot of people. But it was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge", Trump said.

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