Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Palestine recalls United States ambassador after Trump's Jerusalem move

Palestine recalls United States ambassador after Trump's Jerusalem move

Trump now wants to cut funding to the UNWRA for Palestine Refugees in the Near East which has been receiving United States aid since 1994.

Trump has previously said he wants to relaunch frozen peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in search of the "ultimate deal".

Thirteen Palestinians have died in violence since Mr Trump's announcement over the U.S. view of Jerusalem, most killed in clashes with Israeli forces. "We're not giving the aid, we're going to make sure that they come to the table and we want to move forward with the peace process", she said. While Israel sees Jerusalem as its undivided capital, Palestinians also claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Since a war in 1967, the West Bank has been occupied by Israel, which still controls large parts of it although it is regarded in global law as Palestinian territory. Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev, from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, said that Palestine, on one hand, can not receive $300 million in American aid per year and close the door on negotiations, at the same time.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy in December when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington's Western allies.

"The United States are no longer an honest mediator in the peace process", Abbas had said, announcing that Palestinians would not accept a US peace plan "because of its bias and violation of the worldwide law".

"They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us".

A senior Palestinian official has responded with defiance to Donald Trump's threat via Twitter to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. would stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) - the UN agency responsible for providing aid to Palestinian refugees - if the Palestinian leadership refuses to return to American-led peace talks.

"We still very much want to have a peace process". As of now they are not coming to the table but they asked for aid.

"What we saw with the resolution was not helpful to the situation", Haley said on Tuesday.

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"The Knesset's adoption of the Jerusalem law and the city's annexation to the Israeli entity is only the latest in a series of ongoing assaults on Jerusalem and the holy city's Palestinian inhabitants", Barhoum said.

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