Palestinians have lashed out at US President Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw aid, saying “Jerusalem is not for sale, neither for gold nor for silver”.

Palestinians have condemned a tweet by Donald Trump as blackmail, after the US President threatened to withhold future aid payments over what he calls the Palestinians’ unwillingness to talk peace with Israel.

Key points:

  • The US spends around $400 million on economic support for Palestine annually
  • Palestinians lash out, saying “Jerusalem is not for sale, neither for gold nor for silver”
  • Mr Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month

The tweet drew praise from a cabinet minister of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government, but a former Israeli peace negotiator warned of the dangers in cutting off financial assistance to the Palestinians.

Read the article on the Radio Australia news site (Reuters).

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