Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Jerusalem Not For Sale: Palestine President to Donald Trump

Palestine recalls US envoy to discuss relations with Washington after Donald Trump’s Jerusalem move A demonstrator holds a placard near the US embassy in Manila Philippines. | Ted Aljibe AFP
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2018, 03:20

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump's U.N. ambassador disclosed plans to stop funding a United Nations agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees.

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

Trump's action, which was predicated on a 1995 law, threw the USA behind Israel's long-held claim that Jerusalem is its capital, despite the Palestinian claim on the eastern part of the city.

The decision by Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel has also been described as "dangerous" and "insulting" by Palestinian Christian leaders.

Trump added: "But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?".

However, it is also a disputed territory, contested by both Israel and Palestine, which sees it as a capital of its future state.

Abu Rdainah claimed that the United Jerusalem Law demonstrates Israel's unwillingness to advance peace talks with the Palestinians.

Trump's stance on Jerusalem, which is revered as a holy site by Jews, Muslims and Christians, upended long-standing USA policy.

CBO: Reauthorizing CHIP Will Save $6 Billion
If CHIP gets canceled by the state, she likely won't bring Javier, 2, for his two-year checkup if nothing seems wrong. The CBO said that if CHIP funding was extended for 10 years it would actually decrease the deficit by $6 billion.

Other events in Washington in recent months have been created to put the squeeze on the Palestinians and make them return to the negotiating table.

On 6th December 2017, US President Trump proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the shifting of US consulate from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"For all these nations, they take our money and then vote against us". In 2016, the United States gave the agency over $368 million and financed more than 30 percent of its overall budget.

"The president has said that he does not want to give any additional funding until the Palestinians agree to come back to the negotiating table", Haley said at a press conference on Tuesday. The tweets also came after the White House confirmed that the USA plans to withhold some of its aid to Pakistan to pressure the country into better counterterrorism cooperation with the US.

The US was the biggest donor to UNRWA in 2016, giving $368,429,712.

"We still very much want to have a peace process, nothing changes that", she said.

Zomlot is due to return to Washington "after the holidays", official Palestinian news agency WAFA said.

More: What would it take to jump-start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks?

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