‘Threat to peace’ rap
Boris Johnson has called on Donald Trump to show “leadership” in restoring momentum to the Middle East peace process, after the US president sparked waves of protest by announcing he was recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and would move the American embassy to the holy city.
Mr Trump’s announcement on Wednesday was described as “unhelpful” by Mr Johnson and Prime Minister Theresa May, while Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said that other countries would now have to come forward to fill the “trust deficit” the US had created in peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said that the government had been “made to look like fools” by Mr Trump, and that Britain needed leaders willing to “stand up to him”.
But Mr Johnson insisted that the US remained the “pre-eminent power” able to exert influence on the Middle East peace process and said there was now an opportunity for progress.
Answering questions after a speech at the Foreign Office in London, Mr Johnson said: “A lot of people are very excited and interested in possibilities that the Trump administration, could bring to the Middle East peace process.” Scotland’s First Minister has condemned Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, describing it as a “real threat to peace in the Middle East”.
Nicola Sturgeon spoke out against the president – who has also announced plans to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the holy city – during first minister’s questions at Holyrood.
“Trump’s announcement was described as unhelpful ”
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