US President Donald Trump says in an interview with Israel Hayom that he is “not necessarily sure” Israel is seeking to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Trump has previously denounced the Palestinians for what he sees as their unwillingness to negotiate, but he has largely refrained from criticizing Israel.
In the interview, Trump notes that while US-Israel relations were “great,” peace with the Palestinians would make them “a lot better.”
“Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace. They are not looking to make peace,” Trump tells the paper. “And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace. So we are just going to have to see what happens.”
Trump also expresses concerns about Israeli settlement building, although his administration has been far less critical of settlements than that of his predecessor Barack Obama.
“The settlements are something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace, so I think Israel has to be very careful with the settlements,” he says.