“We will not be blackmailed. President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice. Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions,” Ashrawi added.
This statement came following US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley statement saynig that President Donald Trump wants to pull the plug on funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) if Palestinians do not return to negotiations with Israel.
“The president has basically said that he doesn’t want to give any additional funding … or stop funding, until the Palestinians are agreeing to come back to the negotiating table,” Haley said.
“And what we saw with the resolution was not helpful to the situation. We’re trying to move for a peace process, but if that doesn’t happen, the president’s not going to continue to fund that situation.”
In addition, Donald Trump tweeted last night that the US pays the Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.”
…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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
The US, which is the largest financial contributor to UNRWA, previously announced it was planning to cut $285 million from funds it provides to the United Nations 2018-2019 budget, ahead of the UN General Assembly’s vote against his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The threat was denounced by many countries as saying it was insulting and offending everyone who may deviate from US stand.
The UNRWA is widely operating in the West Bank and Gaza, mainly providing services to the Palestinian refugees including aid, health services, education, jobs and more.
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