Official: White House ‘Reviewing’ Aid to Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a meeting of the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Abbas said Wednesday he will ask the United Nations to endorse Palestinian independence this fall even if negotiations …
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The Times of Israel reports: WASHINGTON — The White House is examining possible aid cuts to the Palestinian Authority, a senior administration official said Thursday, days after US President Donald Trump threatened to slash funding over Ramallah’s refusal to work with Washington on peace talks.

“We are reviewing our assistance to the Palestinians in light of their recent conduct, per the president’s recent message,” the official told The Times of Israel. The comments came after Trump tweeted late Tuesday that he wanted to cut funding to the Palestinians “because they are no longer willing to talk peace.”

The administration has sent mixed signals, however, over whether it is looking to cut all funding to the Palestinians, or just that which is funneled to the UN refugee agency UNRWA.

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