Trump ‘not going to do anything’ on Jerusalem
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the U.S. steps back from a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Speaking at a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Trump said: “We will continue to move forward.”
Asked if he meant he would veto a U.N. Security Council resolution on Jerusalem, Trump replied: “I would not be surprised if we do.
I think we’ll continue to do that.”
Trump has expressed concern over the possibility that Jerusalem could be a flashpoint in his feud with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but has not made a decision on a response.
A U.K. ambassador to the U: Trump will not act unilaterally on JerusalemTrump’s decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is unlikely to trigger a conflict with the United States, but would likely raise tensions with the region.
Trump’s move on Jerusalem came as Israel continued its offensive in Gaza, targeting a Hamas rocket factory in the densely populated Gaza Strip.
The White House and Israeli officials have said they would consider using military force against Hamas, but have said the U,S.
and its allies will use diplomatic means.
Palestinian officials have criticized Trump’s move, and say the president is making a decision without consulting them or other relevant U.n. officials.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abdul-Jabbar said in a statement Tuesday: “Trump has no right to take a decision and then unilaterally declare Jerusalem the capital.
The United States will never allow the occupation to continue and Israel will never be able to establish its illegal settlements.”
Israel has insisted that it will never recognize Jerusalem, but Trump, a Republican, has said that “if there is a problem with the city it can be solved by taking back the capital.”
U.N.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down last year, and Abbas, the Palestinian Authority’s leader, rejected Trump’s decision.
Abbas, who has not visited Jerusalem, had hoped to hold peace talks with Trump in the U., though a U-N.
resolution calling for a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem was vetoed by the U.-S.
The Trump administration also appears to be taking a hard line on Iran.
In his first major foreign policy speech, Trump, speaking in New Hampshire, said he was “extremely disappointed” by Iran’s “aggression” in the Middle East.
Trump said he wants Iran to “understand the cost of its aggression, and recognize the cost to itself.”
“We will take care of it,” Trump said.
Trump has said he would not recognize Jerusalem’s annexation by Israel and called for a negotiated settlement between Israel, the Palestinians and Iran.
Trump has also said he is willing to negotiate with the Palestinians on a new, broader peace deal.