Trump warns ‘both sides’ will need to compromise in Mideast

By Bob Unruh

President Trump places a written prayer into a crack at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, on May 22, 2017.

President Trump places a written prayer into a crack at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, on May 22, 2017.

“Both sides” will need to make hard decisions to achieve peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, President Trump said in a newly published interview.

“Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace,” he said in the interview with the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom.

“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’s interview at the White House was with Boaz Bismuth, Israel Hayom’s editor in chief, who explained Trump told him there were some subjects he couldn’t discuss.

“I interviewed Trump before the latest escalation in Israel’s north, before Israel clashed with Syrian and Iranian forces at the Syrian border on Saturday. But even then, it was painfully clear that Syria and Iran are testing the U.S., checking how far they can push the Americans (including reports of chemical attacks and hospital bombings in recent days),” Bismuth said.

“When I asked Trump if Israel is free to operate in Syria and in Lebanon against Iranian targets, he adopted an air of uncharacteristic ambiguity. But the message was clear – when it comes to Iran, it is best to let actions do the talking. The U.S. is keeping its cards close to the chest,” he said.

Asked if it’s possible to prevent Iran from establishing permanent military bases in Syria and in Lebanon, the president said: “You are going to see. You can watch [and see].”

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He also responded, “We will see” when asked if Click to see the original article