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Published: Sat, November 26, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump Tells NYT He "Would Love" To Resolve Israel-Palestinian Conflict

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Both sides, he said, would: "be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognise the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognises that it can not permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land".

"Frankly, I have to say the Palestinian state is one of the most pressing regional issues", said the ambassador who Egypt appointed to Israel this year for the first time since 2012. But recent presidents also have tried to negotiate, and they have called out Israel for actions seen as undermining peace efforts, such as expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank.

He's a foreign policy novice, but the billionaire businessman takes pride in his deal-making skills and says he'd love to take on this crisis. "Israel would have free reign to dominate the Palestinians forever and ever if there is no external involvement".

"It is time that the U.S., the European Union, and all states that claim commitment to the two-state solution adopt concrete steps and measures to prevent the completion of these unsafe plans and to impose sanctions on Israel before it draws the whole region into further violence, extremism, and instability", she said, as reported by the local Ma'an News Agency.

Only recently, Obama signed a "landmark agreement" by giving Israel £30.6 billion in military funding - the largest such aid package in United States history.

According to the anti-settlement watchdog group Peace Now, there were 3,915 housing starts during Obama's term as of the end of 2015.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has similarly little political will to compromise with the Israelis, leaving the conflict deadlocked at a low simmer.

A new Middle East envoy? Judging from Trump's friendly overtures towards Israel -for example, inviting Netanyahu and his wife to visit Washington shortly after winning the election - the immediate future does not look promising.

A US official said American diplomats had privately raised concerns with Israeli authorities about the decision not proceed with a criminal investigation into Shalan's death.

Fear and trepidation are slowly building up, as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is fortifying his transitional team with people capable of bringing about a nightmare scenario, not only for Americans but for the rest of the world as well. ISIS, an acronym for the Islamic State group, is not a major force in the Palestinian territories.

Although Trump has emphasized a strong interest in being a "deal-maker" in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Republican National Committee (RNC) removed any reference in the party's platform that endorses a two-state solution.

Some Trump advisers and supporters have been dismissive of the Palestinian cause.

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