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Palestinians blast Trump's threat to withhold aid

Palestinians blast Trump's threat to withhold aid Palestinians blast Trump's threat to withhold aid
Charlie Simmons | 06 January, 2018, 03:45

Trump wrote on Twitter that the US sends hundreds of millions of dollars each year and gets "no appreciation or respect".

"Now, he is threatening to starve Palestinian children in refugee camps and deny their natural rights to health and education if we don't endorse his terms and dictations", Erekat said, referring to Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Until now, the United States and most of the world agreed the city's political status was a matter to settle in final peace talks.

Mr Trump's latest comments appear to contradict his previous statement that the U.S. recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital would not impact the final status of the city in peace negotiations.

"The Palestinians now have to show their will that they want to come to the table".

Relations between the White House and the Palestinians were already tense after the USA president's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last month.

"Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions!" she said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, reportedly said "Jerusalem is not for sale, neither for gold nor for silver".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was sharply critical of that move, saying it amounted to the US abandoning the role it had played in the peace process. "But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?" he stated on Twitter.

Palestinians blast Trump's threat to withhold aid
Palestinians blast Trump's threat to withhold aid

In 2016, the United States Agency for International Development, a division of the State Department, dispensed more than $290 million in funding for humanitarian projects in Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank.

Israel passed a new law which will make plans for peace in the Middle East much more hard, just before US President Donald Trump attacked the Palestinians for lagging peace negotiations.

Trump earlier broke with longstanding US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and setting in motion the processes of moving the USA embassy there from Tel Aviv.

"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", Haley added.

When Trump declared Jerusalem to be Israel's capital, he insisted that the move would improve, not hurt, prospects for clinching a peace deal.

The United States is the largest donor to UNRWA.

Trump's recent decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital has emboldened Israel's leadership to take dramatic measures to safeguard their claims to land in Jerusalem.

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