President Trump threatened to cut off more aid to the Palestinians today at Davos in a press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu of Israel:
“DAVOS, Switzerland — President Trump threatened Thursday to write off the Palestinian leadership and withdraw further U.S. aid if Palestinians are not serious about negotiating peace with Israel, deepening a diplomatic rift and putting Trump’s hopes for a historic agreement on hold.
Trump cast doubt on whether talks could happen now, and blamed Palestinian intransigence rather than his decision to shift decades of U.S. policy on the status of Jerusalem.
“That money is on the table, and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace,” Trump said of the hundreds of millions in U.S. aid for the Palestinians.
“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.” …”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2018
Netanyahu praised Trump’s Iran policy and all the things he has done for Israel including defunding the UN, the annual $3 billion disbursement in foreign aid, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and appropriating $705 million for Israel’s missile defense programs. It isn’t clear what the United States gets out of this relationship in exchange for unconditional support of Israel.