Trump casts doubt on Middle East peace talks

Trump casts doubt on Middle East peace talks
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US President Donald Trump has questioned whether peace talks with Israel will ever resume, blaming the Palestinians, APA reports quoting CNN.


Mr Trump said Palestinians had "disrespected" the US in the wake of his controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


"Respect has to be shown to the US or we're just not going any further," he told reporters at Davos.


The Palestinians say the US can no longer be considered a neutral broker.


President Mahmoud Abbas has called Mr Trump's declaration on Jerusalem in December the "slap of the century".


However, sitting alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum, Mr Trump said: "Israel has always supported the United States so what I did with Jerusalem was my honour.


"We took Jerusalem off the [negotiating] table, so we don't have to talk about it any more. They [the Palestinians] never got past Jerusalem."


Turning to Mr Netanyahu, Mr Trump said: "You won one point, and you'll give up some points later on in the negotiation, if it ever takes place - I don't know that it will ever take place."


The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Israel regards Jerusalem as its "eternal and undivided" capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war - as the capital of a future state.


Mr Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital broke with decades of a US policy of neutrality on the issue and put it out of step with the rest of the international community.

Ceyhun Aliyev

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