British Government advises Israel, Palestine to share Jerusalem as capital city

British Government advises Israel, Palestine to share Jerusalem as capital city

Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and later annexed the eastern half of the city in a move that was never recognised by the worldwide community.

Trump angered the Palestinians last week when he threatened in a pair of tweets to cut funding to the United Nations agency that handles Palestinian refugees if the Palestinian Authority doesn't talk peace with Israel.

Although his recent measures, which include the announced cut to the Palestinian funds, and above all, the decision to move his embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, make many observers see that possibility increasingly distant.

"We want to lessen any losses on the Palestinian side and lessen the Israeli gains", Aboul Gheit added.

The top PLO official revealed that the upcoming PLO Central Council meeting will "define the relationship with Israel in all its aspects and how to confront the US decision".

The unnamed State Department official who complained about the report said that there had been no formal decision to freeze the aid yet, and deliberations are ongoing within the Trump Administration, with a decision expected in the weeks to come.

Arab states will push for the worldwide community to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, Jordan's foreign minister said on January 6.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with EU's foreign ministers on January 22 in Brussels, during which he is expected to ask them to recognize the Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In the same series of tweets, Trump complained that "we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect ..."

Netanyahu backed US President Donald Trump's threat to halt payments to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

According to a report by Israel's Hadashot news, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested rerouting U.S. funds from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to another UN body, with the funds still earmarked for Palestinian aid, allowing the USA to follow through on its threat to slash aid funding while also preventing deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian territories - especially the impoverished Gaza Strip.

There will be no stability and security in the region without a solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on pre-June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, added the minister.

The Arab world, said the King, can not sit idly by while Jerusalem and its holy places become captives of Israeli designs.

The situation has become even more critical as a result of Trump's decision late a year ago to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump's move was highly controversial around the world and led Pope Francis to say at the time, 'I can not keep silent my deep concern' over the issue. Nonetheless, White House officials have continued to say they intend to put forward a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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