Monday 19 February 2018

Donald Trump tells Palestinians they must return to table for US aid money

Arab nations have been angered by Mr Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Donald Trump arriving at the conference venue in Davos (Gian Ehrenzeller/AP)
Donald Trump arriving at the conference venue in Davos (Gian Ehrenzeller/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

President Donald Trump has said Palestinians must return to peace talks with Israel to receive US aid money.

Mr Trump’s decision last year to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital angered Arab nations and led Palestinians to refuse to negotiate with the US on grounds that America can no longer be an honest broker in the quest for peace.

Palestinians claim east Jerusalem for their future capital.

Mr Trump said US aid to the Palestinians is “on the table” but they won’t get it “unless they sit down and negotiate peace”.

Mr Trump commented as he opened a meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an economic summit in Davos, Switzerland.

Mr Netanyahu praised Mr Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Press Association

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