Speaking with Sputnik Radio's Loud & Clear about Trump's threat to axe funding to the Palestinians, cofounder of The Electronic Intifada, Ali Abumimah, said it would be important to determine whether the funding cuts would hit UNRWA or the Palestinian Authority.
Citing "three Western diplomats", Israeli Channel Ten diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid reported the freeze on Friday at Axios.
However, by recognizing the claim by Israel for the holy city of Jerusalem, Palestinians have said that the United States government is taking sides with the Israelis in the issue that is most sensitive for both countries in the conflict. "Trump's decision made us very keen to speed up the reconciliation process", he said.
The $125 million in question amounts to about a third of Washington's annual donations to the agency. At the end of 2017, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution against the U.S. president's decision to appoint Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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The stated aim of the meeting is to forge a unified stance in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
"The President is a master dealmaker and is as committed to trying to achieve the ultimate peace deal as ever, but he will not tolerate falsehoods being spread about America and our positions - and he certainly will not spend taxpayer dollars to subsidize those who spread them", the official said. "There are still deliberations taking place, and we have until mid January to decide what we are going to do".
The Palestinian Authority said on Wednesday it asked Israel to fully restore electricity flows to the Gaza Strip, a move that could almost double the daily connectivity time. "I am talking about the Palestinian Authority's official media outlets; their official schools; their official camps".
Privately, however, Netanyahu urged Trump not to enact the cuts, according to the Times of Israel.
Hamas - regarded as a terrorist group by Israel and U.S. - has been trying to mend ties with neighbouring Egypt and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. A senior Israeli official told him that the "humanitarian situation in Gaza is complicated enough and harming UNRWA funding will only make it more complicated". The agency provides education, social services and healthcare to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees.