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...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
Following the Foreign Ministry's assessment, it was reported that Netanyahu was in contact with the White House to nix the move, while maintaining support for it publicly. “Behind the scenes, the prime minister is now in contact with the Americans in order to prevent the massive cut — to prevent it, you heard right,” the report claimed.The Foreign Ministry has declined to comment on the report. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan responded to the report on Twitter, expressing astonishment. "I find it hard to believe that the Foreign Ministry of Israel opposes a cut to UNRWA — the body that perpetuates the refugee problem instead of solving it and that aids terror in all kinds of ways that have been proven — we have to dismantle as quickly as possible," he wrote.Education Minister Naftali Bennett praised the American decision to cut funding to UNRWA."UNRWA is a terror-supporting organization. Its very existence perpetuates the dire situation of Gaza's population, who suffer under the rule of Hamas. Aiding the residents of Gaza should be no different than aiding the Syrian residents suffering under a terror regime, or from aiding any other group of descendants of refugees," Bennett said."President Trump and Ambassador Haley's decision to cut American funding is the right choice. I expect all Israeli branches of government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to support a decision to cut funding to an organization which employs Hamas terrorists and uses its schools to hide rockets."Ma'ariv contributed to this report.