“We Will Not Be Blackmailed”- Senior Palestinian Official to Trump
Senior Palestinian official, Hanan Ashrawi, has responded to Donald Trump’s threatening tweets to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority.
Hanan Ashrawi’s response came after Trump’s tweet acknowledging that the Middle East peace process was in not getting any easier and warning Palestinians that they could in fact lose US aid worth over $300m/year.
“We will not be blackmailed,” Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement on Wednesday.
“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!”
In his tweet on Tuesday, Trump said: “We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.
“With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”
It was not clear whether Trump was threatening all of the budget, worth $319m in 2016.
Relations and Support between his administration and the Palestinian Authority have significantly reduced since Trump decided last month to recognise Jerusalemas the capital of Israel.
US aid to the Palestinian Authority stood at about $319 million in 2016, according to US government figures.
Source: Al Jazeera