On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump told Israel that it would need to play its part in the peace process by making compromises with the Palestinians as one of the Middle East envoys for the U.S. is being accused of impeding diplomacy.
Outraged by Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, the Palestinians have said that they are looking at other world powers to mediate this situation. In an interview with an Israeli newspaper, Hayom Daily, Trump delivered a tone that he was not going to rule out a presence for the Palestinians in Jerusalem.
I wanted to make clear that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Regarding specific borders, I will grant my support to what the two sides agree between themselves. I think that both sides will have to make significant compromises in order for achieving a peace deal to be possible.
The interview coincided with the killing of a Jewish settler by a Palestinian, which has created new tensions in the crisis between the Palestinians and the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. Friedman tweeted, following the death of the settler on Monday, that he donated an ambulance and was praying for the family, adding that the leaders of Palestine were “praising” the killer.
After this tweet, Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, criticized the U.S. ambassador for his pro-Israel bias.
The American ambassador’s statements make us wonder about his relationship with the occupation. Is he representing America or Israel? Friedman’s recommendations and advice, which do not aim to achieve a just peace on the basis of international legitimacy, are what led to this crisis in American-Palestinian relations.
[via US News]