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Israel Hails Trump Decision to Cut Funding to UN Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Agency

US President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump said he 'may' attend the opening of a controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem, a fraught prospect …

The Times of Israel reports: Israel welcomed Saturday a US decision to end funding for the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), accusing the organization which supports some 5 million Palestinians of perpetuating the Middle East conflict.

“Israel supports the US move,” an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on condition of anonymity. “Consolidating the refugee status of Palestinians is one of the problems that perpetuates the conflict.”

The Trump administration announced Friday it is cutting nearly $300 million in planned funding for the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees, and that it would no longer fund the agency after decades of support. Instead, it said it would seek other channels by which to aid the Palestinians.

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