Trump's Move to Slash Palestinian Cash: What It Means for Future Talks


Palestinian officials on Sunday said they had been making an effort to gain European Union's (EU) recognition of the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, after the USA recognised Jerusalem as Israeli capital. IS claims Hamas' attempts "to disband Islamic law" enabled the make such a decision.

The beginning of the video shows a clip of Trump's Jerusalem announcement.

On Sunday, a meeting of foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Morocco, in addition to Arab League Chief, supported the rights of the Palestinians in preserving their legal and historic rights in Jerusalem and in creating their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has privately urged Trump not scale back UNRWA's funding, the Times of Israel reported Thursday.

USA aid accounts for 40 percent of the budget for the U.N.'s Relief and Works Agency (for Palestinian refugees only) better known as UNRWA.

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Earlier in the week, Trump complained on Twitter that "we pay the Palestinians HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect".

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Reuters his government is not opposed to re-entering peace talks, as long as they are on the basis of creating a Palestinian state along the border that existed before Israel captured land in the 1967 war. Should I believe those officials or should I believe what the president says from his gut?' " said David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Hamas - regarded as a terrorist group by Israel and United States - has been trying to mend ties with neighbouring Egypt and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

According to local sources from Palestine, the Israeli forces have abducted over 750 Palestinian citizens during raids in houses in the West Bank, in the past one month. "What's then to negotiate if you just took Jerusalem off the table?" Although a potential peace deal between Israel and Palestine is still open, Abbas said that the announcement by the U.S. leader was declaring their intentions to withdraw from their lead role in brokering a peace deal between the two nations. "They openly incite violence, incite terrorism", Klein said.