Πέμπτη, 25 Ιανουαρίου 2018

Trump casts doubt on Middle East peace talks

Trump casts doubt on Middle East peace talks
US President Donald Trump has questioned whether peace talks with Israel will ever resume, blaming the Palestinians.

Mr Trump said Palestinians had "disrespected" the US in the wake of his controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"Respect has to be shown to the US or we're just not going any further," he told reporters at Davos.
The Palestinians say the US can no longer be considered a neutral broker.

President Mahmoud Abbas has called Mr Trump's declaration on Jerusalem in December the "slap of the century".

However, sitting alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum, Mr Trump said: "Israel has always supported the United States so what I did with Jerusalem was my honour.

"We took Jerusalem off the [negotiating] table, so we don't have to talk about it any more. They [the Palestinians] never got past Jerusalem."

Turning to Mr Netanyahu, Mr Trump said: "You won one point, and you'll give up some points later on in the negotiation, if it ever takes place - I don't know that it will ever take place."
  BBC
25/1/18
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  1. Donald Trump said that aid to the Palestinian Authority will be put on hold because Palestinian leaders had refused to meet with Vice President Mike Pence at their headquarters in the West Bank's Ramallah. Pence, who was on tour to the three Middle East countries, was expected to talk on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which exacerbated in the wake of the US administration's decision to recognize the whole city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    In a heated comment during a joint appearance, Trump said that "hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support" that Washington planned to allocate to Palestinians "are on the table" but will not go to them "unless they sit down and negotiate peace."
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