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Israel restores power to Gaza after Palestinians promise to pay the bills

Israel restores power to Gaza after Palestinians promise to pay the bills

The war of words between the Palestinian Authority and Trump marked one more disagreement since Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in early December and declared that the USA would move its embassy there.

On Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Central Council would soon convene an emergency meeting to discuss "crucial issues" related to Jerusalem.

Speaking with Sputnik Radio's Loud & Clear about Trump's threat to axe funding to the Palestinians, cofounder of The Electronic Intifada, Ali Abumimah, said it would be important to determine whether the funding cuts would hit UNRWA or the Palestinian Authority.

"Israel is complicit in the deliberate downgrading of living conditions in the Strip", said Gisha, an Israeli not-for-profit whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinian Authority Arabs.

The White House official said that despite the Palestinian reaction, the USA was still on track with its goal to unveil a framework for peace.

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"The moves to be discussed include defining the relations with Israel in addition to the political and legal steps the Palestinians may take", said Ahmed Majdalani, member of the PLO Executive Committee. In addition, evictions and attacks by Israeli settlers against the Palestinian population increased, according to United Nations statistics. A Gaza economist said restoration of power from Israel, the enclave's main electricity supplier, could raise that figure to six hours.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state. At least 13 Palestinians were killed during clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian media. President trump self-declared ultimate deal between the Israelis and Palestinians was a wrench in his government's obligation to have the peace process restarted.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump tweeted he was considering halting payments to the PA.

They also stressed the necessity to confront Trump's decision.