Envoy: Malaysia not affected by Trump's aid threat over anti-Israel move

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Prior to the dinner, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Dani Dayan, tweeted: "As the son of a former Ambassador of Israel to Guatemala and as Israel's Consul General in NY I will be honored to participate and thank President Jimmy Morales".

"I think Jerusalem was a very big point", Trump said.

He said, "Refraining from recognizing the Palestinian people's legitimate rights to their land and sacred sites, denying them the right to return and expropriating their sovereignty over the land in exchange for a regional peace and normalization with the Arab world is the right way to liquidate the Palestinian cause".

Since Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians have declared that the United States is disqualified from mediating the peace process and demanded an global multilateral approach to sponsor the peace talks with Israel.

MADA reported that there was a decrease in violations against media freedoms was recorded in January compared to December 2017, during which 89 violations by Israeli forces were reported against journalists (84 of which were assaults) during their coverage of protests against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But when asked about the US peace plan, he said, "Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace. 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".

Israel claims the whole of the city as its capital but the Palestinians want East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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Palestinian leaders say there can be no peace talks involving the U.S. administration until its decision on the city, whose eastern neighborhoods they claim for a future capital, is reversed. After Trump's announcement there was immediate criticism from many of Canada's allies, who anxious that the move would create instability and a barrier to peaceful settlement.

Last month multiple media outlets reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expected Trump's administration to move the USA embassy into Jerusalem by the end of 2018.

"I think it was a very important point", he said.

According to Trump, "both sides will have to make significant compromises in order to achieve a peace deal".

"I have been thanked and in some cases not thanked, to be 100% honest about it".

"I don't know frankly if we are going to even have talks".

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