Trump Asked Netanyahu if He Genuinely Cares About Peace, Report

The American president Trump asked Netanyahu the question in light of reports about his planning to build additional settlements to please right-wing

US President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call last year if he actually cares about peace or not, according to three people familiar with the call who have told Axios.The American news and information website report that the American president was pressing PM Netanyahu at the time on the importance of striking a “deal” for Israel-Palestine peace. Trump had reportedly read news reports about Netanyahu planning to build additional Israeli settlements to please his conservative base in Israel and thought Netanyahu was unnecessarily angering the Palestinians.

According to the sources, in the course of a longer conversation that was mostly friendly and complimentary, Trump bluntly asked Netanyahu whether or not he genuinely wanted peace.
A senior White House source didn’t deny the report, but told Axios in response: “The president has an extremely close and candid relationship with the prime minister of Israel and appreciates his strong efforts to enhance the cause of peace in the face of numerous challenges.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders added, “The president has great relationships with a number of foreign leaders, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be aggressive when it comes to negotiating what’s best for America.”

A White House official said lately the administration has nearly completed its Israeli-Palestine peace plan but is still floundering to decide how and when to present it out.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has refused to consider the Trump administration an honest broker for negotiations since Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December.

 

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