U.S. Cuts To Palestinian Assistance Could Harm Peace Process, Officials, Aid Groups Say
Associated Press: U.S. aid cuts hit Palestinians, further dimming hope for peace
“Tens of thousands of Palestinians are no longer getting food aid or basic health services from the United States as U.S.-funded infrastructure projects have been halted and an innovative peace-building program in Jerusalem is scaling back its activities. The Trump administration’s decision last year to cut more than $200 million in development aid to the Palestinians is forcing NGOs to slash programs and lay off staff as the effects ripple through a community that has spent more than two decades promoting peace in the Middle East. … President Donald Trump says the USAID cuts are aimed at pressuring the Palestinians to return to peace talks, but Palestinian officials say the move has further poisoned relations after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year. The aid groups, many of which have little or no connection to the Palestinian Authority, say the cuts hurt the most vulnerable Palestinians and those most committed to peace with Israel…” (Krauss, 1/22).