US President Donald Trump said Tuesday night Israel will pay “a higher price” in peace talks with the Palestinians, because it won a “very big thing” in US recognition of Jerusalem as its capital, a step that took the issue off the table. Speaking at a campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Trump said Palestinians “will get something very good” in any future negotiations “because it’s their turn.”
Trump administration officials said last week that neither Israelis nor Palestinian would be “fully pleased” with the new top-secret Middle East peace plan. Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, tweeted a statement from multiple officials that said the only way to achieve a final-status accord was for both parties to accept painful compromises. White House officials say they are finishing the plan but have offered no timeline for its release.