Trump says Palestinians 'disrespected' USA, aid on hold

Netanyahu Pushes 'New Model' for Palestinian Peace

Netanyahu Pushes 'New Model' for Palestinian Peace

A main focus will be the current standoff between Washington and the Palestinians and whether the US administration can sufficiently bridge the gap with the aim of presenting a comprehensive peace plan that has been in the works since President Trump assumed office.

During the meeting with Netanyahu in Davos, Trump tried to convince a deeply sceptical Arab world that he could still be an honest broker.

Apparently, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made some kind of hostile, conspiracy theory-laden speech of the type he usually gets away with and that stoke Palestinian and world hostility toward Israel.

Trump said that his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital took it off the negotiating table "and Israel will pay for that", adding "they'll do something that will be a very good thing" without elaborating. It is a great proposal for the Palestinians.

Haley spoke before the United Nations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and about what she viewed as a required asset for leaders who could end it.

Trump said Thursday of the aid that goes to the Palestinians: "That money is on the table". And while she said that the United States "remains fully prepared and eager to pursue peace", which would require compromise, but "hate-filled speeches and end-runs around negotiations take us nowhere".

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Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and his Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt have been developing a new peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Any embassy in the city is tacit recognition of Israel's claim".

Trump said in Davos that his decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will be expedited, with a smaller embassy opening its doors next year.

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley took to the floor of the U.N. on Thursday to rebuke Abbas' speech.

The Assembly reiterated its support for two legitimate aspirations, which are "Israel's right to be recognized and live in security, and the Palestinians' right to have an independent, viable and contiguous State", and for a "two-State solution, based on the 1967 borders".

"People say that this pushes peace backward". "It recognizes the present reality and peace can only be built on the basis of truth".

Trudeau did meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the WEF Wednesday, but the Canadian media travelling with the PM did not receive a customary notification in advance.

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