Israel's United Nations ambassador to make pitch for recognizing Jerusalem as capital

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In December previous year, US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a controversial decision which angered the Palestinians, sparked protests in the Middle East and raised concern that it could further destabilise the already volatile region.

"Right now the Palestinians aren't willing to to make peace, they're not. Regarding Israel, I am not certain it, too, is interested in making peace so we will just need to wait and see what happens".

"We reject completely and totally the Trump's statements about Jerusalem and the Trump's attempt to eliminate Jerusalem and the refugees from the negotiation table, and the Trump's attempts to cut down the aid to the United Nations organisation that deals with the Palestinian refugees".

Speaking to the Israel Hayom newspaper, President Trump has made comments all but unheard of among top USA officials, openly questioning whether Israel "is genuinely seeking to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians".

The president added that as part of the plan, "We will be talking about settlements".

Asked about the issue of settlements, the US President called them "something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday said he is ready to engage in negotiations with Israel but made it clear that East Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine, as he held talks with visiting Prime Minister.

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Meanwhile, Palestinian Prisoners Club said in a press statement Monday that Israeli forces arrested at least 15 Palestinians in the early morning hours from the West Bank and three others from East Jerusalem.

Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas had condemned the move, saying it disqualified the United States from playing the role of arbiter.

Donald Trump has threatened to cut aid to countries that voted against Washington's move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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.

Another top official in Ramallah said that Abbas will renew his call for an internationally-backed panel to broker any talks with Israel as a substitute for a US-sponsored process during his upcoming speech before the United Nations body.

According to the official, the U.S. has over the past 11 years opposed the idea of an worldwide conference, insisting on direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel as the preferred method to ending the conflict. And I think it was a very important point.

Trump characterized his declaration regarding Jerusalem as a "very big point" in the first years of his presidency.

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