Thursday 21 June 2018

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

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (not pictured) during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018 REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (not pictured) during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018 REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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.

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