Israel will pay ‘high price’ for Jerusalem embassy move

23 August, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Palestinian leaders fume over Trump’s Jerusalem comments

"But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?"

The Civil Administration, the defense body that oversees civilian affairs in the West Bank, said its planning committee had approved a total of 1,015 housing units.

Most of the worldwide community, along with the Palestinians, considers the settlements illegal and an impediment to peace.

Peace Now says West Bank settlement plans increased to 6,742 units in 2017 compared with 2,629 the previous year, Obama's last in office.

Two weeks ago, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Makor Rishon that President Trump "did not demand anything from Israel in return for American recognition of Jerusalem", suggesting Trump had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because "this was the right thing to do".


Trump's Mideast team, headed by his adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been working on a peace proposal for months but has not said when it will be released.

Senior Palestinian official Ahmad al-Tamimi said the U.S. president's assertion that he had removed Jerusalem from future negotiations was "a continuation of the United States policies in favour of Israel".

After sparking fury by moving the USA 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.

The President did not put forward any concrete suggestions as to what this "something very good" might entail for the Palestinians.President Trump also remarked that the United States had "taken Jerusalem off the table". The continued expansion of Israeli settlements is one of the major obstacles to the establishment of peace in the Middle East.

Some 600,000 Israelis live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem - territories captured by Israel in the 1967 war. Lieberman had vowed to build there in response to the killing.

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