Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Netanyahu supports "gradual cutback" of U.S. funding to UNRWA

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"There is a political decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and we will strive to reach an global political decision to recognise a Palestinian state. with (east) Jerusalem as its capital", Safadi said.

The Israeli leader said he first raised the issue with Washington's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley in June.

"We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect", Trump tweeted.

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It was not immediately known if there was a significant drop in attendance for the Christmas Eve mass compared to previous days as a result of the call for a boycott, or the driving rain in Bethlehem.

In a press conference following a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Amman, Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi reiterated the Arabs' rejection of the U.S. decision.

The Trump administration announced this week it would be cutting security assistance to the Pakistani government for its alleged role in providing safe haven for terrorist groups.

The report, published on Saturday 6 January, titled "Tapes Reveal Egyptian Leaders' Tacit Acceptance of Jerusalem Move" by David D. Kirkpatrick, the Times' worldwide correspondent based in London, said the newspaper obtained four audio recordings of an alleged Egyptian intelligence officer talking to the hosts of several talk shows in Egypt.

Egypt's positions on worldwide issues are not derived from alleged leaks from an anonymous source, the SIS statement said, adding that Egypt's positions are conveyed by the President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and in official statements.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have called for maintaining the historical and legal status of Jerusalem, amid tension following US decision to recognize the holy city as Israel's capital.

Israel captured eastern Jerusalem - which includes Judaism's holiest sites, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in the Old City - and the West Bank in the 1967 defensive war, seizing it from Jordanian occupation and reuniting the city.

Israeli media said Saturday that Netanyahu "supports a gradual reduction of funding to UNRWA".

Rejecting any Israeli unilateral measures, he said the Arabs will push for a global recognition of Palestine.

Citing three Western diplomats who asked to remain anonymous, the reports said the grant was due to be delivered on January 1 and that the amount frozen is one-third of the United States annual funding to UNRWA. "We can not be optimistic".

In addition to the attempt to come up with a solution to the crisis, in Libya, and supporting the Palestinian brothers and moreover to take action against the decision to recognize Al-Quds as the capital of Israel, he concluded.

UNRWA provides services to 5.3 million Palestinian refugees in the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

In turn, it fears such unrest would exacerbate the extremist threat that persists in the region even after ISIL's territorial losses.

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