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US President Suggests Cutting Aid to Palestine after ‘Taking Jerusalem off Table’

Jan ,4\ NewNewss

After announcing that the US would halt aid to Pakistan because Islamabad is “not doing enough” to combat terrorism, Trump followed up with tweets that the US is getting “no appreciation or respect” from the Palestinians though it sends“hundreds of millions of dollars” a year, RT reported.

“They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel,” Trump wrote.

“We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table,” he added, saying “But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”

Trump’s tweets came just hours after US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced presidential intentions to punish the Palestinians over their refusal to hold negotiations with Israel.

“The President has basically said that he doesn’t want to give any additional funding… until the Palestinians are agreeing to come back to the negotiating table,” Haley said on Tuesday in New York, adding that “We’re trying to move for a peace process, but if that doesn’t happen, the president is not going to continue to fund that situation.”

US President announced early December 2017 that Washington would be recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital, stressing that the United States would relocate the embassy in the occupied lands from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

The move was hailed by Israel but condemned by the rest of the international community as one which undermines the peace talks.

Washington’s al-Quds move has raised a chorus of outcry across the international community. The Muslim world, the UN, world leaders from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, and even US allies in the West have criticized the bid, saying it would plunge the already tumultuous region into new upheaval.

Heavy clashes also broke out between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters after Washington’s decision in Jerusalem al-Qud’s Old City, Hebron (al-Khalil), Bethlehem and Nablus in the West Bank as well as the besieged Gaza Strip.

People in different countries have also hit the streets to denounce Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in a statement issued following an extraordinary summit in Turkey’s Istanbul, declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine “under occupation” and urged the US to withdraw from the peace process and back down from its Jerusalem decision.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) overwhelmingly passed a non-binding resolution condemning US President’s decision and called on states not to move their diplomatic missions to the sacred city. The UNGA vote followed the US veto of a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution.

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