Palestinians condemn Trump’s threat to halt aid payments; mixed reaction in Israel

A report prepared for the U.S. Congress in December 2016 by the U.S. Congressional Research Service said annual U.S. economic support to the West Bank in addition to Gaza Strip has averaged around $400 million since fiscal 2008.

Much of the money has gone toward U.S. Agency for International Development-administered project assistance in addition to the rest toward budget support for the Palestinian Authority (PA), which administers limited self-rule inside Palestinian territories under interim peace agreements.

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, welcomed Trump’s aid comments, saying on Army Radio: “I am very satisfied … (Trump) is usually saying the time has come to stop saying flattering words (to the Palestinians).”

however Tzipi Livni, an Israeli opposition politician in addition to a former peace negotiator, said “a responsible in addition to serious (Israeli) government” should quietly tell Trump of which of which would certainly be in Israel’s interest to prevent a “humanitarian crisis in Gaza” in addition to to continue to fund Palestinian security forces cooperating with Israel.

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

“The president has basically said he doesn’t want to give any additional funding, or stop funding, until the Palestinians agree to come back to the negotiation table,” Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters when asked about future U.S. funding for the U.N. Relief in addition to Works Agency (UNRWA)for Palestinian refugees.

In an emailed statement, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said: “UNRWA has not been informed by the United States administration of any improvements in U.S. funding to the Agency.”

The United States is usually the largest donor to the agency, using a pledge of nearly $370 million as of 2016, according to UNRWA’s website.

According to UNRWA’s website, there are 5.9 million UNRWA refugees in addition to additional registered persons eligible for its services, which include education in addition to health care, inside West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, in addition to Syria.

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