Trump threatens to cut U.S. aid to Palestinians

A man is silhouetted while he blows a Shofar a ram horn as the Dome of the Rock, located in Jerusalem's Old City on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount is seen in the background

A man is silhouetted while he blows a Shofar a ram horn as the Dome of the Rock, located in Jerusalem's Old City on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount is seen in the background

Trump wrote on Twitter that the US sends hundreds of millions of dollars each year and gets "no appreciation or respect".

President Trump on Tuesday angrily threatened to cut off us aid to Palestinians as punishment for what he called their failure to show "appreciation or respect" to the United States. The United Nations has long considered Jerusalem's status as a negotiating point in a two-state solution.

The December 6 announcement concerning the disputed city led Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to say the United States could no longer play any role in the Middle East peace process.

Palestinians rely heavily on the $320 million in aid money they receive each year, which experts say helps bring some security to the volatile region.

Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East had stalled, Trump on Tuesday threatened to cut off all aid to the PA, asking why Washington should make "any of these massive future payments" when the Palestinians were "no longer willing to talk peace".

"We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table".

The move follows Trump's controversial decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, provoking unrest and triggering clashes in the Gaza Strip.

'President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice, ' she said.

"The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process", said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has said he will not accept any USA peace plan for the Middle East.

The threat from Trump came in a tweet on Tuesday, which said the U.S. could cut its $300 million annual aid to Palestinians because it gets "no appreciation or respect" in return.

The office of Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas rejected what the Palestinians called Trump's "blackmail" attempt, saying "Jerusalem is not for sale, neither for gold nor silver".

"We're trying to move for a peace process, but if that doesn't happen, the president is not going to continue to fund that situation", Haley emphasized, without clarifying whether the term "situation" referred specifically to UNRWA's operations.

He accused the Palestinians of recalcitrance in what he described as their refusal to negotiate a peace deal with Israel.

The US is the donor, providing nearly $370 million (£270m) in 2016.

The United States is the largest donor to UNRWA.

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