Trump threatens to cut off aid to Palestinians
Published: 01:39 PM, 3 January 2018 Updated: 10:43 AM, 4 January 2018
US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump, whose controversial decision last month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel`s capital prompted global condemnation and widespread protests, appeared to threaten to cut off their aid money to the Palestinian Authority.
On Tuesday Trump said in his Twitter posts that `we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no gratitude or respect. They don`t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel.`
He also said that if the Palestinians are no longer willing to talk peace, then they should not give any massive payments to them.
Trump enraged to the Palestinians and Muslims across the Middle East when he announced last year that the U.S. would consider Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy there which is ignite the protests in Palestine.
The move came after Palestinian officials said that they would "no longer accept" any peace plan put forward by Washington following Trump`s one-sided declaration on December 6 and also announced that the US would begin a process to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
It`s noted that US gives Palestinian Authority (PA) about $300m a year where they give Israel $3.1bn annually for military support. Next year, that will increase to $3.8bn under a 10-year deal agreement which is signed by Barack Obama before he stepped down as US president.
Earlier Trump said that he wants to relaunch frozen peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in search of the "ultimate deal". But Trump`s announcement has flickered deadly protests in the Palestinian territories and major rallies in support of the Palestinians across the Muslim world.
Jerusalem`s status is an extremely sensitive condition of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel claims the city as its capital, in the 1967 war and considers Jerusalem to be a "united" city. But Palestinian leaders have seen Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. They furiously oppose any changes that could be regarded as legitimizing Israel`s occupation.
There was no instantaneous reaction from Palestinian officials to Trump`s tweets on Tuesday.
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