Palestinians condemned as blackmail on Wednesday US President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold future aid payments over what he called the Palestinians’ unwillingness to talk peace with Israel. On Twitter on Tuesday, Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. “If the United States is keen about peace and about its interests it must abide by that,” he said. Israel, which withdrew troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005, has called the pre-1967 war West Bank boundaries indefensible and has pledged to hold on to all of Jerusalem forever. Earlier on Tuesday, Trump’s US ambassador disclosed plans to stop funding a United Nations agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees.
Source: Egypt Independent January 03, 2018 10:18 UTC