Palestinians say won't bow to 'oppressor' Trump's aid threat

Palestinians say won't bow to 'oppressor' Trump's aid threat

Palestinians say won't bow to 'oppressor' Trump's aid threat

President Donald Trump on Thursday accused the Palestinians of disrespecting the United States and threatened to withhold aid worth hundreds of millions of dollars until they accede to US-brokered talks.

The deteriorating situation with the Palestinians began last month with Trump's decision to name Jerusalem Israel's capital and move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv.

He complained that the USA gives "billions of dollars" to countries that turn around and "vote against us".

Netanyahu also praised President Trump's overall Mideast plan, which also includes moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, saying "I left the conversation very encouraged".

Netanyahu will travel to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blaming the moribund state of peace talks entirely on Abbas, Haley hinted that unless he radically changes his approach, the U.S. isn't interested in engaging with Palestinians as long as he remains their leader.

Haley reaffirmed a USA commitment to a two-state solution if the parties agreed, and she repeated the administration's contention that it had done nothing to prejudge the Jerusalem borders.

Kerry hinted during a recent meeting with a close associate of Palestinian boss Mahmoud Abbas that he might throw his hat in the ring for a second time in an act of "resistance" to Trump, according to the Jerusalem Post. "That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace".

"I will advance the standing of Israel which has already taken shape as a global technological power".

He continued: "Jerusalem is a city that ends up dividing us, which I think will be catastrophic for mankind, or is it a city of hope that brings us together".

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A spokesman for president Mahmud Abbas said they would not meet with the USA administration until it withdrew its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"That money is on the table".

Before ending his visit to Israel, Vice President Mike Pence said that reigniting the peace process depends on the Palestinians.

He also defended his decision on Jerusalem.

"If Jerusalem is off the table, then America is off the table as well", spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told CNN. So we don't have to talk about it anymore.

Earlier this month Abbas accused Trump of trying to make the Palestinians a scapegoat, by painting them as rejecting talks that did not exist.

"The White House has been working with our partners in the region to see if we can develop a framework for peace", Pence told Reuters. "Respect has to be shown to the U.S".

Trump was accompanied on the trip by son in law Jared Kushner, who has made Middle East peace a priority.

A meeting between Netanyahu and William McDermott, CEO of software company SAP, produced an agreement on a five-year, 1-billion-shekel digital health-care project for Israel, Globes reported.

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