Trump Tells Israel Peace Means Compromise

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

On Dec. 6 Trump honored a campaign promise by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate the U.S. Embassy to the city.

Morales recently showed his support for Trump when he announced that Guatemala would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following the same announcement by Trump last December.

US President Donald Trump stressed in a recent interview with an Israeli newspaper that his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was likely the most memorable event of his first year in office.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of USA policy in December when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington's Western allies.

"I think that Jerusalem was my high point", Trump told Boaz Bismuth, Israel Hayom's editor-in-chief.

"I can understand why many other presidents bailed on their promise because tremendous pressure was put on them not to do it", he stated. To be completely honest, there were others who did not thank me. "But it was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge", Trump said. Others did not thank him for it, he added, but he described the move as an important promise he made and kept.

Trump's Jerusalem declaration upended decades of USA policy and countered an global consensus that the fate of the holy city should be decided in peace negotiations.

Asked what he meant by this, Trump told the paper: "I wanted to make clear that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. But I understand, because the effort to prevent them to do it was enormous".

In one of the corruption cases threatening the political endurance of Netanyahu's, however, the Prime Minister is caught trying to negotiate better coverage from Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes in exchange for passing a new law banning distribution for free of Israel Haiom.

A liberal Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, published a column criticizing Friedman's stance and dubbing the settlement he had supported as "a mountain of curses" - a play on its Hebrew name, Har Bracha, which means "Mount Blessing".

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