Israeli PM backs United States plan for UNRWA fund cuts

Serious mistake to cut US aid to Palestinians

The talks were attended by the foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the Palestinian Authority as well as by the United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs.

British Muslim activists have called for solidarity with Palestinians against United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Israel. "As the President has said repeatedly, the administration is firmly committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians", the US official said on condition of anonymity.

Demonstrators scuffled with club-wielding Palestinian security forces and banged on the sides of police escort vehicles but patriarch Theophilos III passed safely in his black limousine to the Church of the Nativity for the traditional Christmas Eve mass. However, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announcement that the U.S. Embassy in Israel will move there have weakened his ability to do this. The UN defines "Palestinian refugees" to include all descendants of the original refugees from the year 1948-the only exception to the legal definition of refugees in the world.

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Under the previous Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, the status of Jerusalem should be determined through the final-status talk between Israel and the Palestinians.

"There is no existing schedule that obligates the United States to provide specific amounts of aid to UNWRA on specific dates", said the official in a statement from Washington.


The status of Jerusalem, home to sites holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians, is one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

While Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal indivisible capital in 1980, it has not been recognized by the global community.

Later, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi held a joint press conference with Abul Gheit during which he said that the ministers are working on forming a delegation to work with the global community to limit the negative consequences of the US Jerusalem move, and highlight its dangers given the national, historical and religious importance of Jerusalem to Muslims and Christians.

It also came after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyhau's Likud party on Sunday unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for the annexation of West Bank settlements.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said five Palestinians were injured on Saturday after Israeli police attacked a demonstration in Jerusalem that set out in protest against Trump's decision on Jerusalem. "We can not be optimistic". 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.

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