US News Trump threatens to cut off U.S. aid to Palestinians over Jerusalem row

03:30  03 january  2018
03:30  03 january  2018 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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President Donald Trump threatened to cut off foreign aid to countries that back an upcoming United Nations General Assembly resolution that seeks to annul America’ s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’ s capital.

President Trump during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Dec. 20. (Evan Vucci/AP). President Trump threatened Tuesday to cut off U . S . aid money to the Palestinian Authority amid a backlash over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump threatened Tuesday to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority amid backlash over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that has threatened to undermine potential peace talks in the Middle East.

In a pair of tweets, Trump said the Palestinians show "no appreciation or respect" to the United States for aid money given to Palestinian territories. President Mahmoud Abbas has vehemently objected to Trump's decision on Jerusalem and said his government would not accept any U.S. peace plan with Israel.

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Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to threaten to cut off U . S . aid But by recognizing Israel's claim to Jerusalem , Trump was seen by the Palestinians as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict.

Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to threaten to cut off U . S . aid money to the Palestinian Authority, asking why the U . S

Trump's stance on Jerusalem, which is revered as a holy site by Jews, Muslims and Christians, upended longstanding U.S. policy. The president announced his decision, which reportedly came after months of internal White House deliberations and in the face of objections from top administration officials, including from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a speech last month and ordered the State Department to begin planning to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv.

Trump had previously threatened to withhold U.S. funding from U.N. members which voted to rebuke the United States over Trump's decision on Jerusalem.

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