US Ambassador Nikki Haley vetoes the Egyptian-drafted resolution on the status of Jerusalem at the UN Security Council meeting on December 18.
(photo credit: BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS)
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley threatened Tuesday to cut funding to UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency) until the Palestinians return to the negotiating table.
The president "doesn't want to give additional funding or stop funding until the Palestinians agreeing to come back to the negotiating table," she said. "We're trying to move for a peace process. But if that doesn't happen, the president's not going to continue to fund that situation."
Trump then took to Twitter to echo Haley's statement, saying that the US gives the Palestinians "HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect."
After declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital last month, and his intent to move the US embassy in Israel there from Tel Aviv, Trump warned foreign nations against condemning the new US policy through a vote in the UN General Assembly. A vote proceeded anyway, with a majority voting against it, which prompted Trump to threaten the international body with a massive aid cut.
As of last year, 22% of the UN's annual budget comes from US aid.
UNRWA works in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the Gaza Strip.