Report: Netanyahu Asked Trump to Cut all UNRWA Funding 2 Weeks Ago

The US decision to cut all funding for the United Nations’ Palestine refugee agency came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directly requested such a step, according to reports.

Barak Ravid of Israel’s Channel 10 News told the Axios site that around two weeks ago, Netanyahu privately conveyed a message to the White House stressing that Israel’s position regarding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has changed � and that it now supports a complete cut of all US funding.

Citing conversations with Israeli officials, Ravid added that Netanyahu apparently communicated with the Trump administration without consulting Israel’s security chiefs.

Netanyahu’s decision to change Israel’s position several weeks ago was conveyedprivately to the White House and to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee via his close confidant, [Israeli ambassador] Ron Dermer, without any discussion in the Israeli security cabinet.

The US announced on Friday that it would no longer be supporting UNRWA with $360 million in donations each year. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the organization’s business model and fiscal practices were an irredeemably flawed operation and that the agency’s endlessly and exponentially expanding community of entitled beneficiaries is simply unsustainable.

Source: Palestine Chronicle