Arab states to seek recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Arab League ministers have called on Washington to rescind its Jerusalem shift

"The general trend is to focus on how to deal with the emerging situation, considering Palestine as a state under occupation and requesting full United Nations membership for Palestine, which requires extensive global support", he said.

Praising Trump's "critical approach" on the aid issue, Netanyahu steered clear of advocating a suspension of funding for the Palestinians.

The prime minister said millions of refugees around the world are aided by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but Netanyahu slammed UNRWA as an exclusive aid agency for the Palestinians that also treats "great-grandchildren of refugees - who aren't refugees".

Also, SIS said that Saeed Hassaseen whose talk show stopped several weeks before the Jerusalem decision and who does not now present any other TV show.

According to UNRWA, in 1948, there were an estimated 711,000 such refugees.

He said United Nations money for them should be transferred gradually to its global refugee agency UNHCR "with clear criteria for supporting genuine refugees and not fictitious ones, as is happening today under UNRWA". Today, more than 1.5 million Palestinians live in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with EU's foreign ministers on January 22 in Brussels, during which he is expected to ask them to recognize the Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital. The Palestinians have strongly protested the decision, and Trump has threatened to take action against those who challenged him.


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Yet it could also have a negative effect on Israel, which also relies on the Palestinian Authority to help maintain calm.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the worldwide community.

Last week, according to several U.S. media sources, the State Department suspended between $100 and $125 million in funding to UNRWA, which was scheduled to be paid on the first business day in January. Critics have warned that thousands of children could turn to Hamas schools, for example, if UNRWA schools are forced to close.

On Friday, reports suggested the US had already frozen a $125 million grant to UNRWA, which was supposed to be delivered on January 1.

"I completely agree with (US President) Trump's sharp criticism of UNRWA", Netanyahu said ahead of a government meeting on Sunday.

"What perpetuates the refugee crisis is the failure of the parties to deal with the issue". 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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