Prior to a meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, the president said: “We will be moving our embassy, as you know, to Jerusalem. And as we also know, that is way ahead of schedule, by years, and we anticipate having a small version of it opened sometime next year.”
Netanyahu said, “This is a historic decision that will be forever etched in the hearts of our people for generations to come. People say that this pushes peace backward. I say it pushes peace forward because it recognizes history, it recognizes the present reality, and peace can only be built on the basis of truth.”
President Trump said, “When they [the Palestinians] 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 – tremendous numbers; numbers that nobody understands. 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.
“This was never brought up by other negotiators, but it’s 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 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 fact that the U.S. has given tremendous support to them over the years, in terms of monetary support and other support….Respect has to be shown to the U.S. or we’re just not going any further.”