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Arab League Requests International Aid for Palestinian State

Arab League Requests International Aid for Palestinian State

He added that, acting in unison with the global community, they will not recognize the US decision, and demand recognition of a Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem.

The Palestinians say Israeli settlements in the West bank, a key issue in peace talks, deny them a viable contiguous state.

Britain's prime minister Theresa May has previously said she regards the decision by the USA to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital as "unhelpful" to prospects for peace in the region.

The prime minister said millions of refugees around the world are aided by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but Netanyahu slammed UNRWA as an exclusive aid agency for the Palestinians that also treats "great-grandchildren of refugees - who aren't refugees".

The top PLO official revealed that the upcoming PLO Central Council meeting will "define the relationship with Israel in all its aspects and how to confront the US decision".

Arab foreign ministers held a meeting in Jordan to follow up on the repercussions of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move US embassy to the city.

UNRWA has always been criticized for allowing itself to be exploited by radical elements within the Palestinian power structure.

The United States, which provides hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the Palestinians, could inflict great pain on the Palestinians by cutting off aid. For the Europeans, once major players in the region and now more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli, the Israeli-Palestinian struggle seems to have fallen under the radar.

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If Trump really wants the two countries to negotiate, he would withhold money to Israel until they cease encroaching on Palestinian land and agree to a two-state government instead of the present system.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, 20 Teves, that he "completely agrees" with President Donald Trump's critique of the United Nations agency aiding Palestinian refugees, saying that UNRWA only perpetuates the problem and should cease from operating in the region.

Several days after Trump's speech, Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Palestinians will no longer accept Washington as an interlocutor in the peace process between the PA and Israel.

"Our Arab ministerial meeting today in Amman came to discuss the mechanism for action and joint coordination to counter the decision recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and back the Palestinians to establish their state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital", Safadi said.

An global research institute funded by the Norwegian government recently examined if Israeli Arabs should be integrated into the PLO in order to increase their involvement in the Palestinians' struggle against Israel. The bitter pill for the Palestinians is that Israel's military prowess brings more to the table than does absolute support for the entire Palestinian narrative.

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", Trump said.

But Tzipi Livni, an Israeli opposition politician and a former peace negotiator, said "a responsible and serious (Israeli) government" should quietly tell Trump that it would be in Israel's interest to prevent a "humanitarian crisis in Gaza" and to continue to fund Palestinian security forces cooperating with Israel.


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