Palestinians Reject Pressure From Trump

The Palestinians rejected US President Donald Trump’s fresh threat to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in aid on Thursday, with a senior official labelling him an “oppressor”.

Trump said in Davos the Palestinians had “disrespected” the United States by refusing to meet with his Vice President Mike Pence.

A spokesman for president Mahmud Abbas said they would not meet with the US administration until it withdrew its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Another senior Palestinian official, Hanan Ashrawi, said “not meeting your oppressor is not a sign of disrespect; it is a sign of self-respect.”


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