US Plans Reception for UN Countries Backing US on Jerusalem

US Plans Reception for UN Countries Backing US on Jerusalem

Before Trump's Tuesday night tweets, Haley announced that the USA could cut off funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which provides aid to Palestinian refugees, unless they "return to the negotiating table" with Israel.

In the two-part tweet on Tuesday, Mr Trump said "Washington gives Palestinians hundreds of millions 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".

Mr Trump went on to question future USA foreign aid payments to Palestine.

At nearly the same time, US President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid money to the Palestinians, saying they aren't interested in peace.

The president's decisions last month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and begin preparations to move the United States embassy there from Tel Aviv were denounced by the Palestinians, who said it showed the United States could not be a neutral mediator.

Earlier, at a press conference at the United Nations, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made similar remarks in response to questions about the future of US aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Given the president's recent claim that he has "taken Jerusalem...off the table", this path is unlikely.

Some Israeli officials welcomed Trump's aid cut plan, saying it put due pressure on the Palestinians.

In December, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to reject the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"The Palestinians now have to show their will that they want to come to the table".

"We are trying to promote the peace process, but if that will not happen, the president will not continue to fund it", she said. These procedures also represent an effective termination to the two-state solution, to the Palestinians' right to self-determination, and the establishment of an independent state on the occupied territories of 1967.

The US is the PA's largest worldwide donor, providing over $700 million in indirect aid to the PA and to UNRWA in 2016. Trump's Mideast peace team had held meetings with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders for almost a year ahead of an expected peace proposal. In this, Minister Naftali Bennett Naftali Bennett, Leader of the Jewish Home (Habayit Hayehudi) party and the one, who presented the Bill, said: "Now we can confirm that Jerusalem will be united for ever after we issued a bill that makes dividing it requires a great majority of 80 members' votes".

When Trump declared Jerusalem to be Israel's capital, he insisted that the move would improve, not hurt, prospects for clinching a peace deal.

Trump has said his decision merely recognized the reality that Jerusalem already serves as Israel's capital and wasn't meant to prejudge the final borders of the city.

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