Middle East
GDN Online App available on
App Store / Play Store
Gulf Daily News Gulf Daily News
Gulf Daily News Gulf Daily News Gulf Daily News Gulf Daily News Gulf Daily News

Palestinians say won't be 'blackmailed' after Trump threat

Middle East News
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
GDN Online Desk

Ramallah: Palestinian leaders yesterday said they will not be “blackmailed” after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut aid worth more than $300 million annually.

Relations between Trump’s White House and the Palestinians were already tense after the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month.

The December 6 announcement concerning the disputed city led Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to say the US could no longer play any role in the Middle East peace process.

Trump’s threat in a tweet to try to force the Palestinians into negotiations caused further outrage.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was threatening all of the budget, worth $319m in 2016, according to US government figures. The US has long provided the Palestinian Authority with much-needed budgetary support and security assistance, as well as an additional $304m for UN programmes in the West Bank and Gaza.

You Might Like