After sparking fury by moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, President Donald Trump has now dangled a carrot in front of Palestinians by promising that they will get something very good in future negotiations. It’s their turn next, was Trump’s reasoning for signaling that his administration is going to throw Palestinians a bone.
Speaking at a rally in Charleston, West Virginia, on Tuesday night, the president defended his decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, telling supporters that Israel will pay a higher price in future peace talks.
According to the Times of Israel, Trump said of the embassy move:
Trump has long cited the principle of ‘quid pro quo’ in future peace talks, telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in January that Israel won one point with the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital but said they will have to give up some other points later on in the negotiation � if it ever takes place.
But considering US unwavering support of Israel, it’s understandable how Palestinians would be skeptical of US promises.
Trump announced his intention to move the US embassy to Jerusalem last December, a move which defied the international consensus and contradicted the official US policy of remaining an independent arbiter in the dispute. The UN General Assembly would later pass a motion condemning the decision by a measure of 128 to nine, with 35 abstentions.
The embassy opened on May 14, sparking mass demonstrations in which around 60 Palestinian protesters were killed and nearly 3,000 were injured by Israeli forces.
Source: Palestine Chronicle