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Palestinians respond to Trump threat: ‘We will not be blackmailed’

"We will not be blackmailed," senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement. (Anadolu Agency)

US President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday the United States may withhold payments to Palestinians because they are "no longer willing to talk peace."

He said Washington gives Palestinians "HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don't even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel."

“We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” he said.

In response, the Palestinians said they will not be "blackmailed" by Trump, a senior official said Wednesday.

"We will not be blackmailed," senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement.

"President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice. Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions!"


 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 3 January 2018 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46
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