US President Donald Trump has unveiled a controversial Middle East peace plan.
He said that the plan would create a two-state solution and would recognise capitals for Israel in Jerusalem and for Palestine in Eastern Jersusalem.
Tellingly Mr Trump’s plan was welcomed on the stage by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu – but no member of the Palestinian Authority’s leadership joined them.
But in an aside, the US President seemed to suggest that Britain has backed the controversial deal.
Mr Trump said: “So many other countries are willing, ready and able to work with us. I’ve spoken to many of them. I cannot believe the amount of support this morning has. I cannot believe it.
“I have been called by leaders – Boris called – and they’re all saying whatever we can do to help, we all want to see it happen.”
After Mr Trump made the statement Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump this afternoon and updated him on the outcome of the UK’s telecoms supply chain review.
“The Prime Minister underlined the importance of like-minded countries working together to diversify the market and break the dominance of a small number of companies.
“The leaders also discussed the United States’ proposal for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, which could prove a positive step forwards.”
Palestinian leaders have boycotted the talks since America moved its embassy to Jerusalem after claiming it was the uncontested capital of Israel.
They rejected the plan saying it sought to impose permanent Israeli rule over the West Bank.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said: “The US administration will not find a single Palestinian who supports this project.
“Trump’s plan is the plot of the century to liquidate the Palestinian cause.”
Unveiling the plan Mr Trump said: “Today, Israel takes a big step towards peace.
“Palestinians are in poverty and violence, exploited by those seeking to use them as pawns to advance terrorism and extremism. They deserve a far better life.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Trump was “the greatest friend that Israel has had in the White House”.