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Trump: 'Israel will have to pay a higher price'

Aug. 22, 2018 1:50 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 1:19 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United States President Donald Trump said, in a speech on Tuesday, that during the negotiations between Israel and Palestine, "Israel will have to pay a higher price," in return for his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

During a speech at a campaign rally in West Virginia, Trump received tremendous applause from his supporters as he spoke about his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017 and moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May of this year.

Trump claimed that he had "taken Jerusalem off the table" despite receiving calls from foreign leaders from all around the world, urging him to not make the official declaration regarding Jerusalem, noting "I was inundated with calls from foreign leaders. Every country: Don't do it, don't do it, don't do it, please don't do it, don't do it!"

Trump explained why he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying that "if there's ever going to be peace with the Palestinians it was a good thing to have done because we took it off the table because every time there were peace talks, they never got past Jerusalem becoming their capital, so I said let’s take it off the table."

Trump also criticized former presidents of the United States for failing to go through with their campaign promises to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump said "I understand now what happened. Because every president, many, many presidents, they said 'we're going to do it. We're going to move our embassy to Jerusalem. It's going to be the capital of Israel. We're going to do it, we're going to do it' and then they don't do it. Politicians, they don't do it. So I said I'm going to do it."

Trump made clear that Israel would be expected to pay a higher price and make heavy compromises in future negotiations with Palestine, in order to solve the Palestinian issue.

Trump added "you know what, in the negotiation, Israel will have to pay a higher price because they won a very big thing, but I took it off the table."

Trump concluded "but they (Palestinians) will get something very good because it's their turn next. Let's see what happens."

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