Us blamed for nuclear treaty delay by US, Israel, France BelfastTelegraph.co.uk One day after President Trump called into question the US commitment to nuclear weapons, Israel is blamed for delaying its own treaty deadline that would end a 15-year stand-off over the Middle East peace process. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/nuclear-treaty-delay-by-us-israel-france-35890729.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article35890725.ece/b6e34/AUTOCROP/h342/1549081f2_I1.JPG
One day after President Trump called into question the US commitment to nuclear weapons, Israel is blamed for delaying its own treaty deadline that would end a 15-year stand-off over the Middle East peace process.
Senior US, Israeli and French officials have been meeting in Washington to discuss the possibility of a new diplomatic framework for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Mr Trump made his controversial comments earlier this month at an economic summit with leaders of nations in Asia.
Despite a formal US statement urging “all sides to immediately return to negotiations”, it is not clear when the US will formally back an Israeli approach to the Geneva nuclear talks, which could include a freeze on construction of new Jewish settlements.
This could pave the way for a deal, but US policy is still deeply divided between the two camps.
US Sec한게임 포커retary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that the President’s comment about the need for “a new beginning” between Israel and Palestine was unacceptable and the issue should not “be part of the discussion.”
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government last week endorsed the US position on UN Security Council Resolution 2334, has said that it was an open letter to Iran.
“It is a sign of the times that President Trump used the words ‘peace’, in such a way that is not only offensive to many, but is also not helpful to us – it is the worst and most dangerous word for Israel which may actually embolden Iran to try a nuclear bomb,” Mr Netanyahu said last week.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is trying to put together