West Bank settlements 'don't help' the peace process

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington next week, Trump said he's "always had good chemistry" with the Israeli Prime Minister and that Netanyahu "is a good man".

Since Trump's inauguration, Israel's pro-settlement government hoped Trump would give a green light to a building boom in the West Bank on land that Jewish residents believe was promised to them by God and that Palestinians want for a future state.

Trump repeated his criticism of the nuclear deal signed by his predecessor former President Barack Obama with Iran.

He also said he would move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a controversial decision in the Arab world because of Jerusalem's importance to Muslims, as well as Jews. "No one wanted to make the decisions, and I'm thinking very seriously about it".

Arab leaders have warned Trump that moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim, would lead to angry and possibly violent reactions because it would be seen as prejudging a final settlement between the two sides.

Hamas is mostly concerned about the possibility that the perpetrators of Wednesday's attack on Israel were Palestinian, and that they have been planning to return to Gaza.

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'Every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left, ' Trump argued.

Trump spoke about the peace process during an interview with Israel Hayom.

In December, chief counselor Kellyanne Conway said in a radio interview that relocation the embassy was a "very big priority" of then-President-Elect Trump. So many people think it can not be made.

"I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace", he said. I'm learning the subject, and we'll see what happens. "I don't agree. I think we can reach an agreement and that we need to reach an agreement", he said. "But we are examining a number of options", he added. And I don't want to be condemning Israel.

Responding to the question of whether his administration would criticise Israel, he said: "Israel has a long history of condemnations and difficulties".

The spokesman said the other four rockets landed at empty areas in the suburbs of the southern Israeli city of Eilat, close to the border between Israel and Egypt, adding that no injuries were reported.