Trump threatens Palestinian aid, then says he has an idea for peace

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the globe Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018.

Carlos Barria | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the globe Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018.

Trump’s comments follow heightened tensions between his administration in addition to Palestinian leaders over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his recent trip to the Middle East in protest of the move.

The United Nations also voted overwhelmingly to condemn Trump’s decision.

Trump said Thursday which Abbas “disrespected” the United States by not meeting with Pence. “We’re not going any further” on peace talks unless the Palestinians show “respect” to the U.S., the president added.

The Trump administration requested $260 million for economic development in addition to law enforcement programs from the West Bank in addition to Gaza in its fiscal 2018 budget, according to The Associated Press.

Netanyahu praised Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem.

He added which Israel will support Trump “all the way” if he decides to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

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