Trump threatens to freeze aid to Palestinians

Trump threatens to freeze aid to Palestinians

Relations between his administration and the Palestinian Authority have deteriorated since Trump decided last month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said: "Jerusalem is not for sale, neither for gold nor for silver".

'If the Palestinians refuse to talk, we will benefit.

President Trump ignited liberal meltdowns when he seemed to suggest he would be cutting off funding to the Palestinian Authority as they were no longer willing to negotiate in peace talks.

"We will not be blackmailed", said Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi, Reuters reported.

The statement reads "President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom, and justice".

President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cut aid to Palestine following an embarrassing diplomatic defeat at the United Nations.

Following Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the U.S. relinquished its traditional role as the mediator of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The Palestinians now have to show the world they want to come to the table. The tweets also came after the White House confirmed that the USA plans to withhold some of its aid to Pakistan to pressure the country into better counterterrorism cooperation with the US.

Trump's Jerusalem move: Palestinian envoy sent back to Washington

At nearly the same time, US President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid money to the Palestinians, saying they aren't interested in peace.

The United States is UNRWA's leading funder, providing more than $300 million per year.

"We're trying to move for a peace process, but if that doesn't happen, the president is not going to continue to fund that situation", she added.

Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, the United States has been among the major donors to the Palestinian Authority (PA), created to manage limited self-governance in parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Let them vote against us.

Israel Communications Minister Ayoub Kara hailed this new approach by Washington, tweeting that Trump had finally ripped of the "Palestinian mask of hypocrisy". Both Israel and the Palestinians claim parts of Jerusalem as their capital, with the issue a linchpin in efforts to arrive at a two-state solution.

When @nikkihaley says the #US will stop funding @UNRWA - how big is the threat?

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was threatening all of the budget, worth $319 million in 2016, according to USA government figures.


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