Just a month ago previous year, President Trump infuriated Muslims all over the Middle East led by the Palestinians when he announced that the U.S. government would move their embassy from Tel Aviv to the newly proposed capital of Jerusalem.
Israel cut off 50 megawatts of electricity to Gaza a year ago after the Palestinian Authority said it would no longer pick up the bill for power supplied to Hamas territory while the group was running its own shadow government in the strip.
A committee from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has been preparing documents for discussion during the meeting of the organization's Central Council next week, deciding the future Palestinian political steps. The U.S. Congress is close to passing the Taylor Force Act, which would cut off Palestinian aid money unless the practice is stopped.
The unnamed official was responding to threats made by Trump on Tuesday to cut USA aid to the Palestinian Authority since it is "no longer willing to talk peace".
"Never surrender to them". "There are still deliberations taking place, and we have until mid January to decide what we are going to do".
This announcement also sparked protests from Muslims all over the world where the U.S. government said that it was upending its foreign policy in the Middle East. Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Palestine, has noted that the announcement by president Trump had disqualified the United States as a lead mediator in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
He also called on other countries which support Palestinians and oppose USA policies in the region to join them in the unified strategy.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat Trump is "threatening to starve Palestinian children in refugee camps and deny their natural rights to health and education if we don't endorse his terms and dictations".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has privately urged Trump not scale back UNRWA's funding, the Times of Israel reported Thursday. On the other hand, in the West Bank, the occupation forces conducted 170 search operations and arrested 214 Palestinians, including at least 18 children, according to the OCHA report.