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11 February 2018, 02:33 | Devin Moran
President Donald Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday Feb. 8 2018 in Washington
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.
Adelson is also a long-time friend and supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose rise to political prominence was aided by Israel Haiom's positive coverage.
President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked the president of Guatemala for supporting the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the White House said. And I think it was a very important point.
Referring to the uproar of criticism sparked by his Jerusalem speech in December, Trump confessed to understanding why so many American Presidents had given up on recognizing Jerusalem.
"The other presidents, all of them have failed in the promise even though they made it as a campaign promise but I understand it because I will tell you, the lobbying against it was tremendous", Trump said. And I think it was a very important point. He said the move was not meant to prejudge negotiations on the final borders of the city and instead merely recognizes that Jerusalem already serves as Israel's capital.
"I have been thanked and in some cases not thanked, to be 100% honest about it. But it was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge".
"Yes, I said that I wanted to do this during my first year", Trump said. All of the other presidents failed to keep this promise, despite the fact that they promised it during their election campaign.
Trump was interviewed by Bismuth a few days after his first State of the Union address. "But I understand, because there were enormous efforts to prevent them from keeping their promises".
In addition to East Jerusalem, Palestinians want the occupied West Bank for a future state and see Israel's Jewish settlements there as a major obstacle.
A liberal Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, published a column criticizing Friedman's stance and dubbing the settlement he had supported as "a mountain of curses" - a play on its Hebrew name, Har Bracha, which means "Mount Blessing".
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