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Trump Suspends $221 Million Obama’s Aid To The Palestinian Muslims

Trump Suspends $221 Million Obama’s Aid To The Palestinian Muslims


    On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it would not spend more than $200 million allocated to Palestinian aid in the West Bank and Gaza, the latest in a series of measures that have raged against the Palestinians.

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    The cancelation follows a similar decision last week against the $230 million spendings allocated by Congress to help stabilize areas in Syria ravaged by the seven-year war in that region. And it comes as the administration is considering canceling nearly $3 billion in international aid programs worldwide.   

    As with the money for Syria, according to a senior official in the State Department, the administration plans to divert the funds planned for Palestinians to higher-priority projects elsewhere. The government has yet to disclose what these projects are.

    The official said the decision took into account the difficulties of providing assistance in Gaza, where Hamas has the authority to rule. The United States considers the group to be a terrorist organization, which has launched multiple attacks on Israel.  
    J Street, a liberal Jewish organization advocating better relations between Israel and the Palestinians, denounced the aid cuts as "a moral outrage and a major strategic blunder." "This is just this administration's latest move to cruelly punish Palestinian civilians and marginalize and undercut Palestinian leadership," the organization said.
    Josh Block of the Israel Project, an advocacy organization, supported the cutbacks, stating that as long as Palestinian leaders backed terrorism and declined to negotiate with President Trump, then the Palestinians "would continue to see their foreign assistance cut not only by the US but also by others."   
    A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington said the govt had no reaction to the cuts, though it's generally been supportive of selections by the Trump administration to scale back aid to Palestinians. But in Israel, the help decreased are greeted with anxiety, since many Israelis worry they're going to be asked to shoulder the burden instead.


    Fiercely pro-Israel, Mr. Trump has largely abandoned the role American presidents have for many years sought to play as a broker between Israel and therefore the Palestinians. In December, Mr. Trump formally recognized Jerusalem because of the capital of Israel, reversing decades of yank policy. 

    In January, the administration decided to chop funding for a United Nations agency that aids Palestinian refugees. Around that point, Mr. Trump tweeted that “we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF many DOLLARS a year and obtain no appreciation or respect.”

    The moves have angered Palestinian leaders and led them to finish their participation in efforts by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and senior adviser, to forge a wide-ranging Middle East peace deal. Mr. Kushner has said that the plan is essentially finished which the administration is expecting the proper moment to unveil, but few analysts believe that the plan has much chance of success.
    The diversion of the cash comes only weeks before the top of the financial year, about ensuring that Congress cannot reverse the choice.   

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