Israeli minister forces NBA website to remove phrase 'occupied territory'

Washington was paying the Palestinian Authority hundreds of millions of dollars a year "for nothing", he wrote, complaining that the U.S. received "no appreciation or respect" in return.

After Trump announced last month that he was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and planned to move the US embassy there, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that the ceremony "represents a declaration that the United States has withdrawn from playing the role it has played in the past decades in sponsoring the peace process".

Israeli lawmakers passed a bill early on Tuesday morning which limits the ability of its government to divide Jerusalem, which is a central Palestinian demand for a two-state agreement. "By recognizing occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Donald Trump has not only violated worldwide law, but has also singlehandedly destroyed the very foundations of peace and condoned Israel's illegal annexation of the city".

"The Palestinians now have to show their will that they want to come to the table".

"With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?"


Relations between the White House and the Palestinians were already tense after the United States president's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last month. "By recognizing Occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital Donald Trump has not only violated global law, but he has also singlehandedly destroyed the very foundations of peace and condoned Israel's illegal annexation of the city".

He accused the Palestinians of recalcitrance in what he described as their refusal to negotiate a peace deal with Israel.

'President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice, ' she said.

A spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, reportedly said "Jerusalem is not for sale, neither for gold nor for silver".

The US gave $357m to the Palestinian Authority in 2016, according to The Times of Israel.


Mr Trump infuriated Palestinians and Muslims across the Middle East when he announced late a year ago that the United States would consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move its embassy there, upending decades of U.S. policy and igniting protests.

The United States is the largest donor to UNRWA.

The threat from Trump came in a tweet on Tuesday, which said the United States could cut its $300 million annual aid to Palestinians because it gets "no appreciation or respect" in return.

Trump has said his decision merely recognized the reality that Jerusalem already serves as Israel's capital and wasn't meant to prejudge the final borders of the city.


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