Jerusalem 'high point' of first year in office, Trump says

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When asked to name the most memorable event of his presidency, it quotes Trump as saying "I think Jerusalem was a very big point".

"Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a unsafe development that places the United States at a position of bias in favor of the occupation and the violation of worldwide law and resolutions", read the statement.

Speaking to the Sheldon Adelson-owned Israel Hayom, Trump noted the December 6 recognition as a highlight. "The capital, having Jerusalem be your great capital, was a very important thing to a lot of people", said Trump according to an excerpt released Friday ahead of full publication in the conservative Hebrew-language daily. "But it was an extremely important promise - and I fulfilled it", Trump said.

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"Friedman's recommendations and advice, which do not aim to achieve a just peace on the basis of global legitimacy, are what led to this crisis in American-Palestinian relations", Abu Rdainah said. "All the other presidents failed to keep their promise, despite the fact that they promised it during the course of their election campaigns". Since taking office, Trump has distanced himself somewhat from the two-state solution to the conflict that envisions a Palestinian state alongside Israel. He showed support for Trump recently when he announced that Guatemala would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following the same announcement by the American president.

He added "I think both sides will have to make hard compromises to reach a peace agreement".

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The ambassador took the unusual step of firing back at the daily in another tweet on Friday: "Four young children are sitting shiva (Jewish mourning rite) for their murdered father".

Itamar Ben Gal, 29, was killed near a bus stop close to the entrance to a West Bank settlement earlier this week.

Haaretz's publisher, Amos Shocken, responded over the platform with a critique that echoed Palestinian complaints.

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