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Discussions began on Friday among the administration’s national security principals and will continue throughout this week.
The United States has frozen $125 million in funding for a UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees.
New report shows lack of funding leads to lack of strategy, but funding hasn’t changed in a decade.
The Palestinian Authority said it could turn to the UN General Assembly and Security Council to counter the US administration’s decision.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF,MICHAEL WILNER
“This is an assault on the rights of the Palestinian people and part of a series of anti-Palestinian US decisions and policies.”
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
"The administration has carefully reviewed the issue and determined that the United States will not make additional contributions to UNRWA," the State Department said in a statement.
By MICHAEL WILNER
The administration "is not planning to provide a numerical calculation or definition of a 'legitimate Palestinian refugee,'” a State Department official said.
The Trump administration has announced severe cuts to the agency that helps Palestinian refugees, raising questions about who or what could fill the void.
By TERRANCE J. MINTNER/THE MEDIA LINE
In testing whether time is right for a rollout, the administration may be releasing both false and genuine trial balloons to gauge a response.
U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a review and partial suspension of aid to UNRWA in January of this year.
Advisers to US President Donald Trump have publicly questioned the purpose of UNRWA throughout the last year, partially suspending US funding to the UN body in January.
The PA accused the US administration and its “Zionist staff” of working towards imposing their policies on the international community.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is responsible for the camp and provides medical and food aid and education for refugees.
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