US to decrease funding to Palestine

US will cut funding to Palestine from $370 million to $290 million in 2016 says US diplomat

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

US Secretary of State, John Kerry and Palestine President, Mahmoud Abbas

US diplomat traveling to Amman with Secretary of State, John Kerry said on Sunday that the US will cut economic aid to Palestine partly because of alleged ‘’unhelpful actions’’ by Palestinians.

The US State Department intends to decrease the amount of funding for West Bank and Gaza in the 2016 fiscal year, from $370 million to $290 million.

"The decision to reduce assistance to the Palestinian Authority was made this past spring," he told reporters.

"There were several factors contributing to this decision, including unhelpful actions taken by the Palestinians and constraints on our global assistance budget," he added.

The official said that cutting of aid is not directly related to the wave of clashes in the occupied territories.

"We have made clear our concern about inflammatory rhetoric over these past few weeks," the official added.

Kerry’s trip to Amman came after he met with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday in Berlin, where he underlined the need to end “provocative rhetoric” and “start to change the public narrative that comes out of those false perceptions."

The Al Aqsa Mosque, located in the Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, remains under the control of local Muslim authorities and is administered by Jordan in accordance with agreements.

East Jerusalem was occupied and subsequently annexed by Israel following a war in 1967, a move considered illegal by the international community.

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