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After stopping aid for Pakistan, Trump threatens same action against Palestinians


US President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform legislation during a lunch with lawmakers working on the tax reform conference committee, including Senator Orrin Hatch (R), Republican of Utah, in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

“It’s not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others. As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue…,” Trump said on twitter.

“…peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” he tweeted.

Trump had earlier also threatened to withdraw financial aid to countries that supported a U.N. resolution against his administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Last month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinians would not accept any American role in the in the wake of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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