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Trump to cut aid to Palestinians and/or URWA? (summaries of 2 articles by Daily Alert, with links)

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Jan. 3, 2018

  • Trump Suggests Cutting U.S. Aid to Palestinians
    President Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “It’s not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others. As an example, 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?”  (AP-CBS News)
  • See also Nikki Haley: U.S. to Withhold Funding for UNRWA until Palestinians Join Peace Process – Cristiano Lima
    U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday that President Trump planned to withhold money for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the entity tasked with aiding Palestinian refugees, if their leaders did not fully engage in the U.S.-led peace process with Israel.
    “He doesn’t want to give any additional funding until the Palestinians agree to come back to the negotiation table….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.”  (Politico)
    Haley added: “The Palestinians now have to show the world they want to come to the table. As of now, they’re not coming to the table, but they ask for aid. We’re not giving the aid. We’re going to make sure they come to the table and we want to move forward with the peace process.” The U.S. is UNRWA’s leading funder, providing more than $300 million per year. (Ha’aretz)
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