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‘We’re going to have nothing to do with (peace process) any longer’ — Trump threatens Palestinians

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Today at joint press appearance with Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos, Switzerland, Donald Trump bragged that the U.S. had taken “the toughest issue” — Jerusalem– “off the table” with his embassy announcement. “We don’t have to talk about it anymore.”

But if the Palestinians don’t accept his Jerusalem announcement and don’t agree to negotiate peace with the Israelis, the U.S. was “going to have nothing to do with it any longer.”

Trump issued that warning in the context of threatening to withdraw hundreds of millions of aid from Palestine unless its leaders negotiate.

When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great Vice President to see them — and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support… That money is on the table, and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace. Because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace. And they’re going to have to want to make peace too, or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer.

The president also said that the U.S. will have a “small version” of the Embassy opened in Jerusalem ahead of schedule in 2019.

Trump said Israel will “pay for” Jerusalem in negotiations to come, but expressed bewilderment at why the Palestinians take Jerusalem so seriously as to stop talking over it.

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 anymore. They never got past Jerusalem. We took it off the table. We don’t have to talk about it anymore. 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 ever will take place.

But they have to respect the process also, and they have to respect the fact that the U.S. has given tremendous support to them over the years, in terms of monetary support and other support.

Amir Tibon of Haaretz says that Trump undercut his administration’s claims that Jerusalem’s borders and status as the Palestinian capital were all still on the table, despite the embassy announcement:

“Trump’s statement on Jerusalem today in Davos contradicts everything his own administration has been saying about the issue for the last month. It also makes his talk about a peace plan that would be ‘great for the Palestinians’ very unconvincing.”

Asked if he has a peace plan, Trump said “everybody is going to be very happy in the end” if the Palestinians would only talk:

Yes, we have a proposal for peace. It’s a great proposal for the Palestinians. I think it’s a very good proposal for Israel. It covers a lot of the things that were, over the years, discussed and agreed on. But the fact is — and I think you know this better than anybody — there were never any deals that came close, because Jerusalem — you could never get past Jerusalem.

So when people said, “Oh, I set it back” — I didn’t set it back, I helped it. Because by taking it off the table, that was the toughest issue. And Israel will pay for that.

Both Netanyahu and Trump said the friendship between the U.S. and Israel has never been stronger. Trump:

“We’ve developed a great relationship, both as countries where I think it’s never been stronger — and I can honestly say that — and also, as personal friends.”

Netanyahu:

I’ve never seen the holistic alliance between the United States, Israel, and your other allies in the region as strong, as unified as it is under your leadership… As you finish your first year in office, I want to say that I look forward to continuing our remarkable, tremendous friendship in the years ahead. And I want to express the appreciation of the people of Israel to you.

Netanyahu fulsomely praised Trump for expediting the Embassy move, thereby recognizing “history” and “the present reality;” praised him for undermining the Iran deal, and for standing up for Israel in the United Nations, “a house of slander against Israel and against the United States.”

As for the Palestinian leader, Trump, who is so thinskinned about any slight he receives from an American celebrity or politician, doesn’t even read what President Mahmoud Abbas said about him.

No, I didn’t really read his remarks, personally. I think I’m probably better off not seeing them. But we’ve done a lot for them, and hopefully they’re going to make peace for their people.

He finished the press conference by talking more about money, and the U.S. knowing what’s in Palestine’s interest.

But the money is on the table. The money was never on the table. I’ll tell you up front, we give them tremendous amounts — hundreds of millions of dollars a year. That money is on the table. Because why should we do that, as a country, if they’re doing nothing for us? And what we want to do for them is help them. We want to create peace and save lives. And we’ll see what happens. We’ll see what happens. But the money is on the table.

I imagine there are a lot of countries in Davos that will welcome the U.S. absenting itself from the peace business.

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  1. eljay
    eljay
    January 25, 2018, 2:18 pm

    … 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 anymore. They never got past Jerusalem. We took it off the table. We don’t have to talk about it anymore. 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 ever will take place. …

    So I will say that the hardest subject the victim and the rapist had to talk about was her body. She said it was hers, he said it was his. So we took her body off the table – we gave it to him – so we don’t have to talk about it anymore. They never got past her body. We took it off the table and gave it to him. We don’t have to talk about it anymore. The rapist won one point, and he’ll give up some points later on in the negotiation, if it ever takes place.

    Trump is an impressive combination of Zionist evil and mind-numbing stupidity.

  2. John O
    John O
    January 25, 2018, 2:53 pm

    “Israel will pay for that.”

    In years to come, this will be in all textbooks discussing the topic of Freudian slips.

  3. ckg
    ckg
    January 25, 2018, 2:58 pm

    I think I’ve heard this before.

    When they disrespected us a week ago…

    Now you come and say “Don Corleone, give me justice.” But you don’t ask with respect. You don’t offer friendship. You don’t even think to call me “Godfather.”

    That money is on the table…

    When I wake up, if the money is on the table, I’ll know I have a partner. If it isn’t, I’ll know I don’t.

    Because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace.

    Don Corleone will give up protection in the East – and there will be the peace.

    • January 25, 2018, 6:07 pm

      ckg – lol – brilliant – wish i could get a horses head in tRUMPs bed right next to his half eaten cheeseburger – id have to be quiet so as not to wake up the Russian prostitutes or porn stars.

  4. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    January 25, 2018, 3:53 pm

    “Both Netanyahu and Trump said the friendship between the U.S. and Israel has never been stronger”

    27% of Dems is bigly strong.
    Along with being cruel Israel is incredibly needy. No other country needs to emphasise 24/7 that it has a strong relationship with the US.

  5. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes
    January 25, 2018, 6:19 pm

    Such disrespect! And after Trump so generously offered them Abu Dis as their capital!

  6. Kay24
    Kay24
    January 25, 2018, 6:37 pm

    The sight of the two looking like evil twins, and spewing their nonsense and lies, was disgusting.
    Trump and the US gives these zionists all they want and more, and now Jerusalem, and expects the Palestinians to gratefully accept any crumbs that fall their way, despite all the pain, suffering, and great loss they have had to endure under their occupier. How many Palestinians are refugees now, how many have been killed, injured, have lost their homes, lands, farms, and how many Palestinian kids have been thrown in jail, and abused?

    I am ashamed that the US has aided and abetted these despicable zionists, by pretending to condemn the illegal settlements, and then rewards it with Jerusalem. Our good Christian Pence, was not welcomed in any Church in the territories, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and even Jerusalem during his visit..
    Obviously they KNOW that the zionists should not have been given Jerusalem on a golden platter.
    As we can see, Adelson’s campaign donations have bought the vicious zionists, a piece of property, and once again the US has shown the world what a dishonest broker it can be.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      January 26, 2018, 3:21 pm

      @Kay24

      In the long run, as went France and Algeria, Britain and Rhodesia, Belgium and the Congo, so will the U.S. and Israel. Sooner or later, all nations act in their own best interests. The U.S. will not be an exception.

  7. RoHa
    RoHa
    January 25, 2018, 6:53 pm

    This is a threat?

  8. iResistDe4iAm
    iResistDe4iAm
    January 25, 2018, 8:25 pm

    Crusader’s Creed:

    “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 anymore.
    They never got past Jerusalem.
    We took it off the table.
    We don’t have to talk about it anymore.”

  9. Sulphurdunn
    Sulphurdunn
    January 26, 2018, 8:42 am

    What must world leaders, most of whom speak excellent English as a second language, think of an American president who can’t speak coherently?

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      January 26, 2018, 9:42 am

      They think he is par for the course. They remember GWB and others.

      And I recall a BBC reporter commenting on the meeting between Helmut Schmidt and Ronald Reagan. He pointed out that Schmidt was more intelligent, better educated and more sophisticated than Reagan, and added “And he speaks better English, too.”

  10. amigo
    amigo
    January 26, 2018, 11:21 am

    Trump has by default taken the 2ss off the table.

    I am curious as to what his plan is for the 5 plus million non jewish citizens that will be inside the borders of the so called greater israel.I take it his nrxt move will be to take the WB and gaza off the table.

    The great deal maker creating the greatest deal ever.He is completely insane or the rogue entity has something on him.Another porn star episode..smile donald . your on candid camera.

  11. genesto
    genesto
    January 26, 2018, 12:37 pm

    We have to look at the positive side to all of this. The mythical 2SS is dead and buried, as it should have been decades ago. There no longer is any pretense of the US being an ‘honest broker for peace’. We have NEVER been so, and now we are exposed as the obfuscators and enablers of the Occupation (Israel’s ‘lawyer’, as it were) that we really are. Jerusalem is, and has been for many years, the de facto capital of Israel. Our Congress in 1995, and all Presidents since, have recognized this fact, just not officially until now. The Palestinians will have to figure this out completely on their own and without our ‘help’, as they should have been doing, once again, for decades.

    By first recognizing the truth, we are in a better position to move forward towards the solution.

  12. James Canning
    James Canning
    January 26, 2018, 1:35 pm

    Trump is the arrogant, ignorant stooge of Zionist extremists wanting perpetual oppression of the Palestinians, no matter how damaging this situation is for US national security interests in the Middle East.

    • genesto
      genesto
      January 26, 2018, 4:28 pm

      True that. Because of his ignorance and utter stupidity, he’s potentially far more dangerous than his predecessors. But, I would expect him to continue to turn his back on everything Israel is doing vis a vis the Palestinians. That, in the end, might be a plus.

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