In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the US President Donald Trump said that he would cut off funding to the Palestinians unless they agree to resume peace talks.
“The money’s not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace,” Trump said while meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
It's not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others. As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
“We have a proposal for peace. It’s a great proposal for the Palestinians. I think it’s a very good proposal for Israel,” Trump added.
Earlier, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the US would cut funds to UNRWA, the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, unless the Palestinian Authority went back to the negotiating table.
Trump also applauded himself for his decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — painting it as a strategic move that will usher in an new era of peace — by eliminating it from discussions.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas slammed Trump in a fiery speech earlier in the month, pronouncing the peace process dead.
He called Trump’s actions a “slap in the face” and threatened that the Palestinians “will slap back.”