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Responding to Trump, presidency says Jerusalem not for sale

Responding to Trump, presidency says Jerusalem not for sale

Palestinian leaders do not give the US any "appreciation or respect", Trump tweeted Tuesday night. President Mahmoud Abbas has vehemently objected to Trump's decision on Jerusalem and said his government would not accept any USA peace plan with Israel. "We're going to make sure they come to the table and we want to move forward with the peace process".

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, earlier warned that the US would stop funding the UNRWA, the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees, unless the Palestinian Leadership shows commitment and comes back to the negotiating table.

The tweets come as rallies protesting Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel are being held across occupied Palestinian territories.

Trump recently incurred Palestinians' wrath after his December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vow to move the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has previously stated Palestine would only agree to peace if Israel agreed to a two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital for a future Palestinian state.

"We still very much want to have a peace process".

Also on Tuesday, Israel's Knesset amended its Basic Law - the closest thing Israel has to a constitution - to make it even harder for the country to give up its claim to any part of Jerusalem in a future peace deal. As of now they are not coming to the table but they asked for aid.

In response, the Palestine Liberation Organization's Twitter feed said Trump's Jerusalem decision had damaged peace prospects.

We must say things as they are and restore a sane discourse to the entire world.

Notably, Trump said that the United States is not making any decisions on borders of an East and West Jerusalem, or a final status agreement of the city, which has always been considered to be determined by negotiations. "We're not giving the aid", Haley continued.

Mr Trump's declaration last month led Mr Abbas to say the United States could no longer play any role in the peace process.

Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat accused the Trump administration of "threatening to starve Palestinian children in refugee camps", while Hanan Ashrawi, another senior Palestinian official, reportedly said the Palestinians "will not be blackmailed" by the president.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withdraw aid money to Palestinians as they are unwilling to negotiate peace with Israel.