Israeli jets kill two Palestinians in Gaza-Egypt border airstrike

Speaking about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said he was a good person who wants to do the right thing for Israel and wants peace. The Israel-Gaza border has been largely quiet in recent months, but on Monday a Palestinian rocket launched from the enclave drew several Israeli strikes against Hamas targets. Trump also said that Netanyahu is a good person and that he has always liked him.

"I want Israel to behave properly in the peace process", translations of Trump's words reported him saying".

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The President said he did not want to condemn Israel with comments. "I understand Israel very well and have a lot of appreciation for it. Israelis have gone through very hard times".

He also said he was still studying the case for relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, a move that could anger the Arab world. "I would like to see a level of reasonableness of both parties, and I think we have a good chance of doing that". The US has served as the main broker in two decades of intermittent talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

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US President Donald Trump meets with senators to discuss his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 9, 2017. Friedman is a major proponent of settlements. However, the legislation, which for the first time since the annexation of East Jerusalem seeks to extend Israeli law to the West Bank, can be overturned by the judiciary. Last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement that "the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving" peace.

A general view shows the Israeli settlements of Ramot (foreground) and Ramat Shlomo (background) in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel annexed to Jerusalem, January 22. Many foreign countries say the settlements are illegal and have called for them to be ceased or dismantled. The daily on Friday published a Hebrew-language translation of an excerpt from the full interview, which the daily promised to publish in full Sunday.

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Asked whether he believes the Palestinians need to make concessions, Trump replied in the affirmative.


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