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Trump's Move to Slash Palestinian Cash: What It Means for Future Talks

14 January 2018

It is believed that EU's recognition would revive the internationally-backed two-state solution and help the Palestinian bid to get a full United Nations membership, Xinhua reported.

But they can create a bloody mess on Israel's border, creating problems for the Jewish state and throwing the peace process even more into doubt.

USA aid accounts for 40 percent of the budget for the U.N.'s Relief and Works Agency (for Palestinian refugees only) better known as UNRWA. That assessment is shared by the Israeli security establishment and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) - the Israeli body that administers the West Bank and Gaza - according to Ravid's report. IS claims Hamas' attempts "to disband Islamic law" enabled the U.S.to make such a decision.

He said neither U.S. President Donald Trump nor Israel's ruling Likud party "would be able to change the identity or the features of Jerusalem, which has always a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic face and identity".

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat Trump is "threatening to starve Palestinian children in refugee camps and deny their natural rights to health and education if we don't endorse his terms and dictations".

Hundreds in Gaza protest electricity cuts

A committee from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has been preparing documents for discussion during the meeting of the organization's Central Council next week, deciding the future Palestinian political steps.

"The President is a master dealmaker and is as committed to trying to achieve the ultimate peace deal as ever, but he will not tolerate falsehoods being spread about America and our positions - and he certainly will not spend taxpayer dollars to subsidize those who spread them", the official said.

"They left the room in April (2014), and for four years nearly they (were) reluctant to negotiate with Israel and they should not be given so much money from the American taxpayer", Hanegbi said.

A Palestinian woman shouts slogans as she takes part in a rally on December 14, marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist movement Hamas, in Gaza City.

A successful vote in the Senate would send the legislation to the president for his signature.

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Trump's Move to Slash Palestinian Cash: What It Means for Future Talks