REUTERS•GETTYA protestor holds up a sign reading 'Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine' as relations plummet
Just weeks after the US President announced he was recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Mr Trump has demanded Palestine returns to the negotiating table to try and broker peace in the fragile region.
He wrote: “It's not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others. As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.
“They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel.
“We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more.Related articles
“But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”
The comments came shortly after Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, threatened to cut funds to UNRWA, the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, unless the Palestinian Authority went back to the negotiating table.
The US provides £191million ($260million) worth of funding for the Palestinians, with an additional £37million ($50million) used to support Palestinian security services.
The remarks come ahead of a visit to Jerusalem by US vice president Mike Pence after a previous trip was rescheduled. However, recent developments means the vice