Trump Threatens to Cut Aid, “Jerusalem Not for Sale” Says Palestinian Authority

تم نشره في Wed 3 January / Jan 2018. 01:00 AM
  • A general view shows part of Jerusalem's Old City on Dec. 5, 2017. - (Reuters)

WASHINGTON/AMMAN —AlGhad— US President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority, which amounts to more than USD300 million annually.

On Twitter he said "We pay the Palestinians hundreds of millions of Dollars a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel.”

Spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority Nabil Abu Rudaineh responded to Trump’s threats today, Wednesday, stating “Jerusalem is not for sale.”

Also in response to Trump's declaration, Executive Committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hanan Ashrawi said Wednesday "we will not be blackmailed."

"President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice. Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions?" she added in a statement.

Aid facilitated to the Palestinian Authority through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) alone stood at about USD319 million in 2017. An additional USD304 million is facilitated to UN programs in the Palestinian territories.

However, Trump did not specify what aid he was referring to in his Twitter statement.