President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesperson has said that recent US aid cuts to the West Bank and Gaza are designed to end his country’s claims to the disputed city of Jerusalem.
It comes a day after the US announced that it would end $200 million in aid to Palestinians, which Ramallah believes is an attempt to pile political pressure on the Palestinian Authority to cave-in to Israel and Washington’s demands.
Abbas’ spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, told AP that the financial pressure is politically motivated and that the US is fully aware that there can be no peace if east Jerusalem does not become the capital of a future Palestinian state.
The US sparked outrage in the occupied Palestinian territories when it broke with international diplomatic norms and moved its embassy to Jerusalem, thus backing Israel’s illegal claims to the disputed city as its capital.
The US sent a brief three-paragraph notice first to lawmakers and then the media about its intentions to cut $200 million in desperately needed funding to the West Bank and Gaza.
It comes as the US government prepares to roll out a peace plan, which recent actions suggest will be heavily favorable to Israel.
Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian Legislative Council member, told the agency that recent US moves are tantamount to blackmail.
Source: Palestine Chronicle