Trump tells Israel it will have to make 'hard compromises for peace'

In a new interview President Trump was more critical of Israel than usual saying'I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem last May.

US President Donald Trump stood by the speech where he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel in an interview with the Israeli broadsheet Israel Haiom, the country's largest by circulation.

When asked to name the most memorable event of his presidency, it quotes Trump as saying "I think Jerusalem was a very big point".

Regardles of negative reaction from Europe and the Arab world, Trump called the announcement the "high point" of his administration's first year in an interview with Israel Hayom. "It was very significant that I recognized Jerusalem as your wonderful capital city".

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"I have been thanked and in some cases not thanked, to be 100% honest about it". Arab and Muslim leaders have railed against it and the Palestinians cut off contacts with the USA, saying Washington could no longer be an "honest broker" in peace talks. "They were under tremendous pressure not to do so", said Trump.

Also Friday, U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman lashed out at the liberal Haaretz over an editorial by one of the newspaper's opinion writers that used a derogatory word play to describe a West Bank settlement home to an Israeli who was recently stabbed to death by a Palestinian.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley recently was on CNN to talk about the Trump administration's decision to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "When it comes to the specific borders, I will support whatever decision the sides reach".

Asked whether Israel will be asked to concede more to the Palestinians after Jerusalem was put "off the table of negotiations", as Trump himself said it was, Trump replied that both sides will have to compromise under an upcoming US-sponsored plan for a deal.



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