Washington – US President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron that he would be willing to put pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the US peace plan, which is expected to be presented in the coming months.
Israel Ch. 10 news is reporting that Trump made the statement during a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Sept 24.
According to the report, Trump said, “We are giving Israel $ 5 billion a year. I can be tough with Netanyahu about the peace plan, just as I was tough with the Palestinians.”
This is the first time that Trump’s statement to Netanyahu has been published.
According to the four Western diplomats, it was Macron who raised the Israeli-Palestinian issue during the meeting. “My impression is that Netanyahu does not really want to advance in the peace process, because he likes the status quo,” Makaron told Netanyahu. The American president replied that he was inclined to agree with this analysis. “You know, Emmanuel, I’m very close to reaching the same conclusion,” Trump said.
The French president asked why Trump had so far been tough only with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who did announce his severing ties with the US administration’s negotiating team because of the treatment they received. Trump explained: “I was tough with the Palestinians because they did not want to talk to us and it’s unacceptable.” The American president made it clear: “I gave a lot to Netanyahu, I transferred the embassy to Jerusalem and every year we give them $ 5 billion.”
Three days after that meeting with Macron, Trump met in New York with Prime Minister Netanyahu. At the press conference held during the meeting, Trump announced for the first time that he supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and noted that Israel would have to do something “good” for the Palestinians.
The White House did not deny it. A senior White House official said in response: “The president believes that Prime Minister Netanyahu is committed to trying to reach a comprehensive and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.