Trump threatens to cut USA aid to Palestine


This centers around President Trump's Jerusalem declaration, which declared the city as Israel's capital, and fueled massive worldwide protests, but nowhere so much as Palestine, which considers the eastern part of the city their own capital.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesperson declared: "This vote clearly emphasizes that the Israeli side has officially declared an end to the diplomatic process".

Last week, Haaretz reported that the Palestinian Authority is about to hand in the documents required for signing on to 22 global conventions and treaties, 18 of which are under United Nations auspices, in protest against the unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

But Jeremy Ben-Ami, of the liberal US Jewish pressure group J Street, said: 'The only thing the president has accomplished by saying he's taking Jerusalem "off the table" is to ensure he'll have no place at the table where the conflict will be resolved diplomatically and a peaceful, secure future for the Jewish or Palestinian peoples ensured. "We are not against going back to negotiations, but (these should be) based on worldwide laws and resolutions that have recognised an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital", Mr Abu Rudeina said.

USA president Donald Trump weighed in Tuesday on the stalled Middle East peace process, saying that the Palestinian Authority was taking "hundreds of millions of dollars" in assistance from the U.S. while showing no "appreciation or respect".

In a statement on Trump's tweet, one Palestinian leader said they will not be blackmailed.

The US president "sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice".

The United States is the largest donor to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency which provides humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees, with a pledge of almost $370 million as of 2016, according to UNRWA's website, CNBC reported.

The U.S. also gave the P.A. more than $54 million for security, and donated more than $355 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). "As of now, they're not coming to the table, but they ask for aid".

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While Trump administration officials have said they expected a "cooling off period" with the Palestinians, Trump's tweets Tuesday signaled the President has grown frustrated with Palestinians' refusal to partake in a US-led peace process in the wake of his Jerusalem decision. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their capital, discredited the USA as an honest broker in the peace process.

This statement came following USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley statement saynig that President Donald Trump wants to pull the plug on funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) if Palestinians do not return to negotiations with Israel. "We're going to make sure they come to the table and we want to move forward with the peace process".

The new law states that parts of Jerusalem can only be relinquished in a future peace deal if a supermajority of the Knesset, Israel's legislature, approves of the decision.

The US was the biggest donor to UNRWA in 2016, giving $368,429,712.

For nearly a year, Trump's team had held meetings with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders ahead of an expected peace proposal.

Israel claims Jerusalem as its "undivided capital", while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their hoped-for future state.

"For all these nations, they take our money and then vote against us". Senior Palestinian leader Saeb Erekat said Trump is "threatening to starve Palestinian children in refugee camps".

The United States is the largest donor to the agency, with a pledge of almost US$370 million as of 2016, according to UNRWA's website.