Facing global isolation, White House defends Donald Trump
Facing global isolation for recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the White House yesterday defended President Donald Trump's decision
Facing global isolation for recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the White House yesterday defended President Donald Trump's decision, asserting that it was a reflection of the ground realities and the US was committed to the Middle East peace process. Trump in a major policy address had on Wednesday announced to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The decision was immediately welcomed by Israel, but has resulted in an outrage in the Middle East and opposition from many partners and allies of the US.
Palestinian protestors take cover during clashes with Israeli security forces at Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus after a demonstration against Trump’s decision. Pic/AFP
"In the President's remarks, he said that we are as committed to the peace process as ever, and we want to continue to push forward in those conversations and those discussions. And hopefully the ultimate goal, of all those parties is to reach a peace a deal. That's something that the United States is very much committed," said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. When asked whether any other country is planning to follow the US in this regard, Sanders said, "I'm not aware of any country's commitment to follow suit on this."
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Scores hurt, one killed in clashes
Thousands of Palestin-ians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one killed in clashes with Israeli troops on a "day of rage" on Friday against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man near the Gaza border, the first confirmed death in two days of unrest. More than 80 Palestinians were wounded in the occupied West Bank and Gaza by Israeli live fire.
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