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US Bolton: 'Recognition of Jerusalem was not quid pro quo'

Aug. 22, 2018 2:23 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 9:13 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The United States National Security Advisor, John Bolton, said on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump's speech regarding Israel paying a higher price in future negotiations with Palestine, was not intended to indicate that the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was an issue of "quid pro quo."

Bolton, who is on a diplomatic visit to Israel to discuss issues of the Middle East, spoke during a press conference in Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, where he was asked about Trump’s speech regarding "they (Palestinians) will get something very good because it's their turn next."

Bolton attempted to clarify Trump's comment about what the "higher price" may entail. He said "as a deal-maker, as a bargainer, he would expect, you would expect, I would expect that the Palestinians would say 'okay, great. So, we didn't get that one and now we want something else. And we'll see how it goes.'"

He continued "but the fundamental point is that ultimately this is something that the parties are going to have to agree on. When the parties talk about it and agree, they'll decide between themselves what the price of that, if anything, was."

Bolton also announced that there is no timetable for unveiling the Trump administration's long awaited "Deal of the Century," currently, however he did not reveal any details about what the plan might actually involve.

According to the Trump administration, the "Deal of the Century" is allegedly the most comprehensive package ever put forward towards resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bolton added that there has been "a lot of progress on relations in the region as a result of the process of going through the possible outlines of what the plan would look like."

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