Gaza blames Israel for tunnel blast 'killing two Palestinians'

The Palestinian leadership has tried unsuccessfully to reach out to President Donald Trump and feared the possibility of being sidelined as the administration is embracing Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who heads to the White House next week.

In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper - his first with the Israeli media since being sworn in as president on January 20 - Trump expressed strong support for Israel, but was plainly critical of the settlement enterprise.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state in the territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and the Gaza Strip, with East al-Quds as its capital.

When asked whether he planned to fulfill his campaign pledge to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the president said he was still considering the issue.

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Referring to the embassy move in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity last month, Trump said, "I don't want to talk about it yet".

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

Trump and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, have been exploring an Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative that would enlist Arab allies, and a host of Arab leaders have told the new president that provocative pro-Israel positions would not help.

"I don't want to condemn Israel during my term", Trump said, adding that the Jewish State has a long history of condemnations and difficulties. "I want both sides to acts reasonably and we have a good chance at that".

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But he's not upset, he said, crediting an economy that remained strong compared to many other areas of the province and country. He's also concerned about what the growth trends mean for the "inner suburbs" - places such as Etobicoke and Scarborough.

"Every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left", Trump said.

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.

Bishop Shomali joined the US Catholic Bishops Conference to protest at the announced transfer of the Embassy of the United States to Jerusalem. He added: "I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace". "But we are examining a number of options". So many people think it can not be made. He said Israelis have been through rough times and that he understands and appreciates Israel. "I want peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and beyond that I think peace for Israel will be great for Israel, not just good".

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