Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital Was Pinnacle of My First Year

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When asked which moment during his first year in office was most memorable, Trump didn't hesitate: "I think that Jerusalem was my high point".

The full interview will be published on Sunday. "The capital, having Jerusalem be your great capital, was a very important thing to a lot of people", he said.

The Palestinians were outraged by Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a move overturning decades of US reticence on the city's status, and say they are looking at additional world powers as potential mediators. The president also said he understood why "other presidents failed to keep this promise" on Jerusalem, after making such a pledge during their electoral campaigns. To be completely honest, there were others who did not thank me. "But it was an extremely important promise - and I fulfilled it", he said.

Trump has promised to pursue what he called the "ultimate deal" between Israel and the Palestinians.

Trump also raised the issue of stopping illegal immigration to the USA from Guatemala, and addressing the Central American country's security and economic challenges.

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Trump abruptly reversed decades of USA policy in December when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington's Western allies.

"I think Jerusalem was a very big point".

US President Donald Trump yesterday told Israel that it too would need to make "significant compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias. The assailant fled the scene.

Haaretz's publisher, Amos Shocken, responded over the platform with a critique that echoed Palestinian complaints. 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".

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