Trump casts doubt on Middle East peace talks
January 25, 2018 4:10 pm
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”.
Why the row over Jerusalem?
Sitting alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, Mr Trump stood by his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Israel has always supported the United States so what I did with Jerusalem was my honour,” he said.
And he reiterated his view that by taking “Jerusalem off the [negotiating] table… we don’t have to talk about it any more” – suggesting it could move forward the peace process.
“They [the Palestinians] never got past Jerusalem,” he said.