Netanyahu Backs Trump on Cutting Aid to UNRWA

Netanyahu Backs Trump on Cutting Aid to UNRWA

For even if Putin is seen to try but fail to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian settlement, this outcome will be widely blamed by Arabs, Muslims and many others on US support for Israel and not on Putin.

Over the weekend, Jordan hosted Palestinian officials as well as officials from Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to go over how the group would respond to the US move. Especially given the economic constraints from Western sanctions that Russian Federation faces, Putin is simply not in position to offer anything to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would induce him to accept a Palestinian state, much less East Jerusalem as its capital.

The meeting, the statement said, also tackled means of bolstering coordination in face of challenges to Arab national security.

The US relationship with the Palestinians has been terse since President Donald Trump's December 6 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Abul Gheit said an expanded meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss Jerusalem would be held at the end of the month.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

The Palestinians say Israeli settlements in the West bank, a key issue in peace talks, deny them a viable contiguous state.

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Citing three Western diplomats who asked to remain anonymous, the reports said the grant was due to be delivered on January 1 and that the amount frozen is one-third of the U.S. annual funding to UNRWA.

The report has raised questions about the level of consensus among Arab countries on the issue of Jerusalem, underscoring how complicated the issue of Jerusalem has become in the region, Jamjoom said.

"The policies of the United States and Israel have blocked the road to the serious peace process after they have openly confronted the Palestinians and all their backers", Gaza based political observer and writer, Talal Okal, said.

The sources added that EU's recognition would revive the internationally-backed two-state solution and help the Palestinian bid to get a full United Nations membership. Nine countries - including the United States - voted against the resolution, and 35 abstained.

Now, Israel is being told by another global power that it will ultimately have to "share" Jerusalem with the Palestinian Authority, which claims the eastern half of the Holy City as its capital.

"The United States and Israel do not really seek to negotiate with the Arabs or the Palestinians; they only want to impose their conditions by the force of money", he pointed out.

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