Trump says he wants to give peace a chance before he decides on embassy move

In an interview aired Saturday, US President Donald Trump mentioned his campaign promise of moving the embassy to Jerusalem, stating that he will consider the move only after he gives peace between Israel and the Palestinians a chance. However, he stressed that a decision regarding the matter would be made “in the not too distant future.” Regarding Iran, he said that Tehran is “a bad player and they will be taken care of as a bad player.”
Trump and the embassy in Tel Aviv Photo Credit: Krokodyl/Sky News/Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump commented on the transfer of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Saturday. Trump said during an interview that before he considers moving the embassy, he would like to try to achieve between Israel and the Palestinians: “I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem.”

Speaking to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on his new TBN program “Huckabee,” Trump said that a decision regarding the embassy move would be made “in the not too distant future” but that his current efforts are focused on renewing the peace talks between the two sides of the conflict.

According to Trump, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process needs to be resumed before he decides regarding the embassy move, which was one of his campaign promises. “We’re working on a plan that everybody says will never work,” he said regarding a peace deal. “If that doesn’t work, which it’s possible that it won’t, to be totally honest, most people say it’s an impossible deal. I don’t think it is impossible, and I think it’s something that can happen, and I’m not making any predictions.”

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“If we can make peace between the Palestinians and Israel, I think it’ll lead to ultimately peace in the Middle East, which has to happen,” he continued. “I went to Saudi Arabia as the guest. We had 54 Muslim countries. It was maybe the most incredible two days that I’ve ever witnessed, that I’ve ever been a part of, and there was a lot of love being brought together, and so many of those leaders of various countries, kings and emirs, so many of them were telling me- and unrelated, this wasn’t, you know, getting together and let’s say this- that peace between Israel and the Palestinians is so important, that it can really lead to peace in the Middle East.”

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Regarding the tensions between his country and Iran, Trump accused Tehran of harming the security in the world and the efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East, When asked about his upcoming announcement regarding the nuclear deal with Iran, he said that the agreement “should have never been made…it leads to nuclear weapons for Iran in a short period of time, so you’ll see what’s going to be happening with that in the not too distant future.”

“I can tell you I’m very unhappy with the deal,” he continued after Huckabee asked him whether he plans to annul the 2015 agreement. “The spirit of the deal is certainly not there because they’re all over the place causing trouble. They are literally causing trouble, predominantly in the Middle East. I believe they’re funding North Korea. I believe they’re trading with North Korea. I believe they’re doing things with North Korea that are totally inappropriate…. Iran is a bad player and they will be taken care of as a bad player.”

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