‘Threat to peace’ rap

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

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.

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