Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Palestinians left peace table, 'why should we make payments to them?'

President Trump Speaks On National Security Strategy At The Ronald Reagan Amphitheater President Donald Trump delivering a speech at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. Dec. 18 2017
Lisa Bryan | 06 January, 2018, 03:45

"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. "By recognizing occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Donald Trump has not only violated worldwide law, but has also singlehandedly destroyed the very foundations of peace and condoned Israel's illegal annexation of the city".

The poll also revealed that a smaller majority, 59 percent, of Jewish Israelis believes that Trump understands Israel's real interests (versus 37 percent who thinks he does not).

The Palestinians also claim part of Jerusalem as the capital of an eventual independent state.

Only 6 percent of Palestinian citizens thought similarly.

The president's threat comes almost one month after Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said he would begin plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the city.

As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.

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


Trump has, in the past, voiced support in principle for legislation that would substantially cut U.S. aid to the PA if it continues its practice of paying the families of terrorists who kill Israelis.

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.

Speaking at a news conference, USA envoy to the United Nations, Nick Haley, clarified Trump's tweets.

The threat from Trump came in a tweet on Tuesday, which said the USA could cut its $300 million annual aid to Palestinians because it gets "no appreciation or respect" in return.

The US gave $357m to the Palestinian Authority in 2016, according to The Times of Israel.

Trump tasked son-in-law Jared Kushner with restarting the effort, and brought his former attorney, Jason Greenblatt, into the White House to lead the negotiations.

On Sunday, the PA said it was recalling its envoy to the United States for consultations, in protest of USA actions.

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