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Palestinians will not be 'blackmailed' by Trump funding threat: senior official

Palestinians will not be 'blackmailed' by Trump funding threat: senior official

The threat of pulling the more than $300 million off the table may be an attempt to get the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

On December 6, Trump formally had recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli Capital, calling it "a long overdue step to advance the peace process". Over 100 United Nations members voted to condemn the move - a vote that U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said they wouldn't soon forget. "We are going to make sure they are coming to the table and we want to move forward with the peace process". However, it is also a disputed territory, contested by both Israel and Palestine, which sees it as a capital of its future state.

And while Trump administration officials told CNN last month that the Jerusalem decision did not mean tougher concessions for Israelis down the line, Trump wrote in his tweet that "Israel, for that, would have had to pay more".

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has since said that he is not willing to return to talks as long as the United States is the sole mediator.

"By recognizing Occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital Donald Trump has not only violated global law, but he has also singlehandedly destroyed the very foundations of peace and condoned Israel's illegal annexation of the city, Ashrawi said in a statement".

"The president has basically said he doesn't want to give any additional funding, or stop funding, until the Palestinians agree to come back to the negotiation table", Haley told reporters when asked if USA funding to the U.N. Relief Works Agency would be spared. We're not giving the aid.

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This is all but a best-case scenario for Israel's far-right government, as they not only don't have to keep putting off Trump on the peace deal, but don't have to take the blame since Trump's decided it's all the Palestinians' doing. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their capital, discredited the U.S. as an honest broker in the peace process.

President Trump depicted on graffiti on the Israeli separation barrier dividing Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

An agency spokesperson told the Post they had not yet been made aware of any official US funding changes. Mr Trump said in Twitter messages on Tuesday.

Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and now Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's office, said he was pleased by the fact that "finally in the White House there's a president who understands the Middle East".

"By recognizing Occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital Donald Trump has not only violated worldwide law, but he has also singlehandedly destroyed the very foundations of peace and condoned Israel's illegal annexation of the city", PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said.

"For all these nations, they take our money and then vote against us".

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