Donald Trump Threatens to Cut off Aid to Palestine

Donald Trump rally in Cedar Rapids (June 2017) Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinians amid the ongoing diplomatic standoff between the U.S. and Palestine.

The Palestine-U.S. relation has been at its lowest ever since the U.S. President Trump announced to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in December.

Announcing to relocate the U.S embassy, Trump said, “I have also determined that the United States will relocate our Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

President Trump, as he promised during his election campaign, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

The Palestinian Authority (PA) protested the U.S. move and announced they will no longer recognize the U.S. as a mediator between Israel and Palestine.

Amid the diplomatic rife between the Countries, Donald Trump said on Twitter, “We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue… peace treaty with Israel.”

“We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”

In response to Trump’s warning, the PLO leader Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said, “We will not be blackmailed. President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom, and justice. Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions!”

The U.S. pays $300m aid a year to the Palestinians while the country pays $2.1b aid a year to Israel which is due to increase up to $2.8b a year from next year under a 10-year deal signed by the then U.S. President Obama shortly before he stepped down.

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