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Abbas to Putin: We Want You, Not Trump

Abbas to Putin: We Want You, Not Trump

During a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, President Donald Trump said it's time to work toward peace between Israel and Palestine.

Speaking at the start of their meeting in the Kremlin, Putin told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he was just off the phone with Trump.

The Israeli military judge overseeing the trial of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi has ordered all proceedings to take place behind closed doors.

Outraged Palestinians saw Trump's move as endorsing Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which they claim as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

"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.

Palestinian leadership has been looking for a powerful ally who could play a leading role in the negotiations since it formally declared not to accept the U.S. as a mediator as Washington is "completely biased" towards Tel Aviv.

"Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace".

"On the other hand, the same person, despite a decision by the PLO security council to end the cooperation, he's still holding on to the very essence of Oslo, which is security collaboration", she added. The president stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city's holy sites.

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President Donald Trump laid down something of an ultimatum in his Middle East peace efforts, warning Israel and Palestine that coming to the table for negotiations is now or never.

In response, Saeb Erekat, Palestinian Liberation Organization's secretary general and member of parliament for the Palestinian government, called Haley "impudent" and said she should "shut up".

European Union leadership remains preoccupied, mainly over the strengthening of the pro-Iranian axis in the region, given Trump's virulent anti-Iran position and his boycott of the Palestinian leadership. He also expressed appreciation for Russia's support for the Palestinians in various areas, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Abbas sees Russian Federation as an emerging power in the Middle East and hopes that Russian Federation, together with other worldwide powers, can serve as brokers of an arrangement that will deliver a Palestinian state.

Wafa quoted the Russian officials as saying that Putin was looking forward to his meeting with the PA president.

He explained that Palestinians will continue to consult with Russian Federation over any coming initiative.

The Palestinian official's remarks came in response to Israeli media reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the application of full Israeli control over the West Bank with the U.S. administration.


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