[Ed. – It’s a start.]
In a pair of tweets published on Jan. 2, President Donald Trump noted that despite the United States giving “hundreds of millions of dollars” in aid to the Palestinians, they show little appreciation or respect for that aid and have been unwilling to enter into peace talks with Israel.
The tweets suggested that the Trump administration could reduce foreign aid to the Palestinians, and according to a report Saturday from The Associated Press, that appears to be under discussion among top level members of his cabinet.
The move came following more than a month of exceptionally hostile rhetoric toward Trump and the U.S. from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The rhetoric began after Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a recognition Abbas said was unacceptable to any sort of peace agreement.
According to those reports, plans to dramatically reduce U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency — which largely focuses on providing aid and services to Palestinians throughout the Middle East — were on the verge of being finalized.