Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; US envoy under fire
By Reuters – Feb 10,2018 – JORDAN TIMES
Palestinian demonstrators take cover during confrontations with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, in the occupied West Bank on Friday (Reuters photo)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — US President Donald Trump told Israel on Friday that it too would need to make “significant compromises” for peace with the Palestinians, even as the latter accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias.
The Palestinians were outraged by Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a move overturning decades of US reticence on the city’s status, and say they are looking at additional world powers as potential mediators.
In an interview with an Israeli newspaper that was excerpted ahead of its full publication on Sunday, Trump described his Jerusalem move as a “high point” of his first year in office.
The language of Trump’s announcement did not rule out a presence in occupied Jerusalem for the Palestinians, who want the eastern part of the city — captured by Israel in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognised internationally — as their own capital.