Trump: 'I Took Jerusalem Off the Table'; No Money for Palestinians Unless They Negotiate

By Susan Jones | January 25, 2018 | 11:31am EST
President Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Davos, Switzerland. (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - "Israel has always supported the United States, so what I did with Jerusalem was my honor," president Trump said in Davos, Switzerland Wedesday, witih Israeli Prime Minister Biinyamin Netanyahu by his side.

"And hopefully, we can do something with peace -- I would love to see it," Trump said, as he told reporters he "took Jerusalem off the table" by making the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's declared capital.

Trump said he will use U.S. aid to the Palestinians as a bargaining chip:

When they (Palestinians) disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of billions of dollars in aid and support...that money is on the table, that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate this. Because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace and they're (Palestinians) going to have to want to make peace too, or we're going to have nothing to do with it any more.

This was never brought up by other negotiators. It was brought up by  me.

So I will say that the hardest subject they had to talk about was Jerusalem. We took Jerusalem off the table, so we don't have to talk about it any more.

Trump said Israel will give up some things, too, "if the negotiation ever takes place." He said he's not sure it will happen.

He added that the Palestinians "have to respect the process" as well as respect the United States if anything is going to happen.

Trump said he has a proposal for peace: "It's a great proposal for the Palestinians. I think it's a very good proprosal for Israel."

Trump said it's been "many years of killing people," and both sides have to be "disgusted with it."

Trump said if he can make peace between Israel and the Palestinians, "I would consider that one of my truly great achievements."

Shortly after Trump spoke in Davos, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said in New York that Abbas lacks the "courage and will to seek real peace," and she said the most important element in reaching a deal is leadership.

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, responded to Trump, saying if Jerusalem is off the table, then the United States is off the table, too.

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