President Trump ratcheted up the tension with Palestine during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The president indicated that he would be willing to cut aid to Palestine if they did not come back to the bargaining table.
According to Politico, the president said,
The money is on the table. The money was never on the table. I’ll tell you upfront, we give them tremendous amounts, hundreds of millions of dollars a year, that money is on the table…..Because why should we do that as a country if they’re doing nothing for us? And what we want to do for them is help them. We want to create peace….That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace, because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace, and they’re going to have to want to make peace too or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer.
Trump was also critical of Palestine’s leaders for not meeting Vice President Pence during his recent visit to the Middle East. “They disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them,” President Trump said. The question now is, should President Trump cut off aid to Palestine?
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Should President Trump cut off aid to Palestine? Is it time for the United States to stop acting like the world’s bank? Or, is President Trump making things worse with each move in the Middle East he makes?