The United States is far and wide the largest donor of financial aid to Palestinians since the signing of the Oslo Accords way back in 1994.
In fact, in recent years, it totals somewhere around $600 million annually with $5 billion in USAID since 1994, money used for developing and sustaining the Palestinian Authority
After President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinians “froze” their ties with the United States. The White House responded in kind by freezing payments of around $100 million to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) just earlier this month.
Further threats of cutting aid were threatened further by both the White House as well as Congress.
So instead of trying to make it right, what do they do? Well, they burn effigies of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, of course.
Nikki Haley warned that U.S. support for UNRWA will end if they refuse to negotiate with Israel.
“I think the president has basically said that he doesn’t want to give any additional funding until the Palestinians are agreeing to come back to the negotiation table,” she said. “We’re trying to move for a peace process but if that doesn’t happen the president is not going to continue to fund that situation.”
That same day, President Trump “vaguely” backed Haley’s threat, dismissing Palestinian unrest over his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
“They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel,” he tweeted. “We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more.”
“But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace,” he went on, “why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”
Previously, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had spoken with Haley on the matter suggesting dismantling the UNRWA and integrating it into the U.N. “The time has come to dismantle UNRWA and have its parts be integrated into the UN High Commission for Refugees,” he said.