Arab League Drafts Response To Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem

Serious mistake to cut US aid to Palestinians

"The general trend is to focus on how to deal with the emerging situation, considering Palestine as a state under occupation and requesting full United Nations membership for Palestine, which requires extensive worldwide support", he said.

"UNRWA is an organization that perpetuates the problem of the Palestinian refugees".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for the closure of a United Nations agency that aids Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza - a move that critics say would lead to a humanitarian crisis.

Such brazen defiance of worldwide law is in keeping with past Israeli practice although now they are acting with even more impunity than before with Trump having signalled he is not even going to maintain a pretence of even-handedness.

"Palestinians can't resist and we don't want to go to war".

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UNWRA sources in the Gaza Strip and West Bank told Israel's Haaretz daily that a cut in USA funding to the agency would threaten the jobs of some 12,000 teachers in the Palestinian territories and the jobs of over 20,000 teachers in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. "It appreciates the immediate symbolism of the USA taking Israel's side versus the Palestinians".

The United States has adopted a new policy based on imposing financial sanctions and embargoes in addition to threats of use of force, which is extremely a new style that has never been used by previous USA administrations, Awad said.

Palestinians, however, see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The Palestinian side, on the other hand, should also follow new policies, Awad said.

Last week, USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley said that President Donald Trump wants to pull the plug on funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) if Palestinians do not return to negotiations with Israel.

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A report by the New York Times has said that while Egypt's government was publicly condemning a U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a state intelligence officer was asking influential TV hosts in the country to persuade their viewers to accept it.

Jordan, he said, will continue to safeguard the holy sites in the city. King Salman publicly criticized Trump's move, but he also reportedly told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to accept that no part of Jerusalem would ever be the capital of a Palestinian state.

UNRWA runs hundreds of schools for Palestinian refugees across the Gaza Strip, the occupied West Bank, Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

Ashrawi said further the Palestinians "will not be blackmailed". Driving that new reality is the adage "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" - in this case Israel being the friend that could be an irreplaceable piece of a new coalition put in place to fight Iran and its terror proxies which threaten Sunni Muslim states including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Okal believes that the Palestinians should put their differences aside and adopt a unified strategy to counter the growing challenges that endanger the future of the Palestinian cause. The global community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the full city.

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