Trump tells Israeli paper Jerusalem move was 'big point'


President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked the president of Guatemala for supporting the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the White House said.

In Israel, in Jerusalem, you have got the Parliament, you have got the president, you have got the prime minister, you have got the Supreme Court.

In an interview with an Israeli newspaper that was excerpted ahead of its full publication on Sunday, Trump described his Jerusalem move as a "high point" of his first year in office.

Asked by Bismuth whether Israel will have to give something back in exchange for the decision on Jerusalem, Trump replied: "I think that both sides are going to need to make significant compromises in order to achieve a peace agreement".

"Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a unsafe development that places the United States at a position of bias in favor of the occupation and the violation of worldwide law and resolutions", read the statement.

"Friedman's recommendations and advice, which do not aim to achieve a just peace on the basis of global legitimacy, are what led to this crisis in American-Palestinian relations", Abu Rdainah said.

"I have been thanked and in some cases not thanked, to be 100% honest about it. But it was an extremely important promise that I promised-and fulfilled". He said the move was not meant to prejudge negotiations on the final borders of the city and instead merely recognizes that Jerusalem already serves as Israel's capital.

Morales recently showed his support for Trump when he announced that Guatemala would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following the same announcement by Trump last December. He warned that there will be more mourning "as long as the policy of Israel - that your government and yourself support - is obstructing (the) peace process, practical annexation of the (West Bank) territories".