After announcing that the US would stop aid to Pakistan due to the fact that Islamabad is “not doing enough” to combat terrorism, Trump followed up with tweets that the United States is getting “no appreciation or regard” from the Palestinians though it sends out “numerous millions of dollars” a year.
“They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel,” Trump composed.
“We have actually taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the settlement, off the table,” he included. “However with the Palestinians no longer ready to talk peace, why should we make any of these huge future payments to them?”
… peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the most difficult part of the settlement, off the table, however Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. With the Palestinians no longer ready to talk peace, why should we make any of these enormous future payments to them?
January 2, 2018 Trump’s tweets came simply hours after US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, revealed presidential intents to punish the Palestinians over their rejection to hold negotiations with Israel.
“The President has basically said that he doesn’t want to give any additional funding … up until the Palestinians are consenting to return to the negotiating table,” Haley stated on Tuesday in New York. “We’re aiming to move for a peace procedure, but if that doesn’t occur, the president is not going to continue to money that situation.”
Because the 1993 Oslo Accords, the United States has been among the major donors to the Palestinian Authority (PA), created to handle minimal self-governance in parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The objective of the help was to stimulate financial development in Palestinian areas and build public support for settlements with Israel.In 2011, when Washington threatened to cut off the help because the PA was negotiating a unity federal government with Hamas thought about a terrorist group by both the United States and Israel the PA said it was ready to provide up the financing.”Palestinians need American money, however if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are all set to give up that help,”a spokesperson for PA President Mahmoud Abbas said at the time.Last month, Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and purchased the US embassy to move there. Congress passed a law in 1995 purchasing the embassy’s moving, but every president since has actually signed a waiver postponing its implementation.Jerusalem was divided in between Israel and Jordan under the 1949 armistice, and has been completely controlled by Israel since June 1967. The UN has actually not acknowledged Israel’s annexation of the city, and
the Palestinians continue to claim the eastern half of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. US President Donald Trump has suggested the United States must halt aid to the Palestinian Authority, accusing the Palestinians of being” no longer going to talk peace” with Israel.