White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Jan. 25 that Trump would be reconsidering President Barack Obama’s decision to release $221 million to the PA in aid, as Trump wants to make sure US funds spent abroad serve US interests.
Palestinian Minister of Finance Shukri Beshara said Jan. 26 that the US Congress has proposed several laws criminalizing the PA’s financial support for families of prisoners and families of Palestinians who have been killed in fighting. If adopted, such laws would limit the PA’s ability to manage Palestinian accounts in the United States and abroad.
“The new US administration is more biased [in favor of] Israel and less neutral when it comes to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” Ghassan al-Khatib, the former Palestinian labor minister and former director of the Government Media Office, told Al-Monitor.
“Under Trump, the road ahead will be full of challenges, as US aid to the PA will be possibly reduced,” though not enough to collapse the PA “because the world dreads such a scenario,” Khatib said. “Even Washington is keen on maintaining the status quo in the Palestinian territories. Also, Trump might influence the positions of international parties to halt the financial support given to the PA due to the weak Palestinian impact on the international political scene.”
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