Ever since Trump declared Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the US President has been making headlines, especially after he recently cut aid funds to almost half for Palestinians. He was evidently furious after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at the US’ peace efforts as a method of buying Palestinian consent after declaration of Jerusalem as the capital, which turned out hurting Islamic sentiments worldwide.
Even though the US President did not completely scrap the funds for Palestinians to UNRWA, as suggested by the US ambassador Danny Danon, but cutting it off to half too has the potential of inciting a series of endless destruction.
The cut down in funding happened immediately after Trump had last lashed out at Palestinians in his tweet for extending “no appreciation or respect” towards US’ aid services. However, an anonymous US official chose to frame it as a movement taken up by President Trump to ‘allow other big and wealthy nations to come forward and join the aid service’, totally rubbishing claims of the move being a means of punishing ‘anybody’.
Nevertheless, the fact that the whole situation of ‘aid services’ is being looked at with the glasses of hatred is unfair to those in need of the humanitarian funding. Humanity comes above all for a reason and yet that very reason seems to be faded out in this whole fight for power and possession.
Danny Danon even went to the extent of saying that UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) has repeatedly proven to be an agency that exploits humanitarian funds from the international community, by supporting anti-Israeli propaganda, preserving Palestinian refugee’s plight and boosting hate amongst them against Israeli. He clearly put forward the idea of scrapping the funds.
Fortunately enough, Trump considering the obligation from the same international community chose to only withhold half of the funds, from $125m to $60m, reducing almost $90m of the actual amount. This now leaves Palestinians to only one option that is consider Trump’s choice of accepting Jerusalem as an Israeli capital and seek cordial relationship with the latter