Pales­tini­ans see US cuts to aid as pres­sure on them

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas’ spokesman said Satur­day that the U.S. de­ci­sion to cut more than $200 mil­lion in aid is meant to force the Pales­tini­ans to aban­don their claim to Jerusalem.

Na­bil Abu Rdeneh said the Amer­i­cans must be aware that there will be no peace without east Jerusalem as cap­i­tal of a Pales­tinian state. The Pales­tini­ans were out­raged by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion says it’s cut­ting aid to the Pales­tini­ans af­ter a re­view of fund­ing for projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

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