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Israelis, Palestinians don't want peace: Trump

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US has declined to give a timeline for releasing Washington's plan for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, saying that neither party was committed to the process, the media reported.

"We are going to see what goes on," Trump told Hayom daily in an interview released on Sunday.

"Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace. And I am not necessarily sure that is looking to make peace... So we are just going to have to see what happens," he said.

The US' role as a in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has come under fire following the Trump administration's decision in December to recognise as the capital of Israel, upending seven decades of US foreign policy, reported.

Top Palestinian officials condemned the move, saying it disqualified the US from playing the role of The UN voted overwhelmingly to condemn the decision.

was also asked about his comments at the in that "is off the table" in terms of negotiations.

In his reply, he seemed to qualify his earlier remarks, reports

"I wanted to make it clear that is the capital of Israel," he told the newspaper.

"As for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agreed to.

"I think both sides will have to make hard compromises to reach a peace agreement," Trump added.

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



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 10:04 IST