"Among the Arabs that count - America's allies - the reaction has generally been sober, measured, and mature", Satloff wrote in Foreign Policy.
Palestinians officials said Trump's move disqualified the US from being a mediator in any Israel-Palestinian negotiations. Why do they riot over measures meant to protect their own al-Aqsa Mosque (after an Arab terrorist attack there) and call "al-Quds" (the Arabic name for Jerusalem) all Arab?
In this case, the reigning monarchy is seen as pro-American and, in the words of the USAID website, it is "a voice of moderation, peace and reform in the Middle East", which makes it worth USA $ 1.2 billion a year. "We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more".
This, in turn, has emboldened an already resurgent right wing to press for government measures that would make a two-state solution virtually impossible.
The sources added that Trump could increase the cut to $180 million if the Palestinian Authority fails to get the message and rejoin the peace process.
Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Even some prominent Israelis believe it would be a mistake for the U.S. to abruptly cut off those funds.
The United States is the largest donor to UNRWA, with a pledge of almost $370 million as of 2016, according to the organisation's website.
'I think in particular of Israelis and Palestinians, in the wake of the tensions of recent weeks, ' the Pope said. Since then, protests have raged across Israel with global organizations joining the fight in support of Palestinians.
US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December sparked protests in Arab and Muslim countries and was rejected in a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution.
Safadi indicated: "Our position as an Arab League and Arab countries regarding this resolution is clear, that it constitutes a violation of worldwide law and legitimacy and has no legal effect".
Joining the United Nations as a member state requires support by nine out of the 15 Security Council members, while the five permanent members have the veto power.
It is believed that EU's recognition would revive the internationally-backed two-state solution and help the Palestinian bid to get a full United Nations membership, Xinhua reported. But they need to understand that the bedraggled and much-maligned two-state solution remains at the moment the only realistic hope for resolving the conflict.
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