US President Donald Trump yesterday confirmed that recent cuts in funding for Palestinians are intended to pressure their leaders to make political concessions, reported CBS News.
Speaking in a “conference call with Jewish faith leaders and rabbis”, Trump said he would not give money to Palestinians until they agree to make a peace deal.
Trump: "I stopped massive amounts of money that we were paying to the Palestinians…And I'd say, you'll get money, but we're not paying you until we make a deal. If we don't make a deal, we're not paying".https://t.co/ZTc0nEjE9f
— Ben White (@benabyad) September 7, 2018
“I stopped massive amounts of money that we were paying to the Palestinians and the Palestinian leaders. We were – the United States was paying them tremendous amounts of money … And I’d say, you’ll get money, but we’re not paying you until we make a deal. If we don’t make a deal, we’re not paying.”
Trump’s comments come a week after his administration ceased all funding for Palestinian refugee agency, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a serious blow for an agency that has received nearly 30 percent of its budget from the US.
Donald Trump said that his administration has stopped giving financial aid to the Palestinians as a way of putting pressure on them to return to American-led negotiations with Israelhttps://t.co/tOjUXFEFGU
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) September 6, 2018
According to reports, Trump “also reiterated an argument he has made for moving the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing it as the capital of Israel—that by removing the status of Jerusalem as a debatable issue, he has advanced the peace process.”
“We took it off the table, and I think it’s actually going to help a lot in making a deal, as we say, with the Palestinians.”
One of the Trump administration's cruelest anti-refugee policies is targeting vulnerable Palestinians. pic.twitter.com/rj7BaDUyqM
— J Street (@jstreetdotorg) September 4, 2018
Responding to the president’s remarks, Palestinian diplomat Husam Zomlot told CBS News that:
“By weaponizing the US humanitarian and financial aid to Palestine to bully Palestinians to the negotiating table, Trump has undermined US leadership beyond repair.”
How is it that Israel claims its own legitimacy derives from the right of Jewish people to “return” to their biblical homeland after exile but demands Palestinian refugees drop their claim to return after 70 years and forget their homeland??https://t.co/X74aTxK7cA
— MintPress News (@MintPressNews) September 6, 2018
“Trying to twist our arm vis-a-vis money is not only amoral, it doesn’t work with us.”
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