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Palestinians' reaction to Trump's Jerusalem declaration 'anti-Semitic': US envoy

AP
Published : Dec 29, 2017, 9:46 am IST
Updated : Dec 29, 2017, 10:25 am IST

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman also said that there will be no peace process without US involvement.

Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration sparked protests across the Palestinian territories, and Palestinian leaders said Washington could no longer serve as a Mideast peace broker. (Photo: File)
 Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration sparked protests across the Palestinian territories, and Palestinian leaders said Washington could no longer serve as a Mideast peace broker. (Photo: File)

Jerusalem: The US ambassador to Israel says the Palestinian response to President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "needlessly provocative."

In an interview with the Jerusalem Post daily, David Friedman says the Palestinians overreacted to Trump's declaration and that some of their response to it has been "ugly," ''largely emotional" and "anti-Semitic."

Friedman also says in the interview, published in part on Thursday, that there will be no peace process without US involvement. "There is no path around the United States," he said.

Trump's Jerusalem pivot upended decades of US policy and countered an international consensus that Jerusalem's fate should be decided in direct negotiations.

His declaration sparked protests across the Palestinian territories, and Palestinian leaders said Washington could no longer serve as a Mideast peace broker.

Tags: donald trump, benjamin netanyahu, rami hamdallah, jerusalem declaration
Location: Israel, Jerusalem, Jerusalem