>> US President Donald Trump Thursday threatened to withhold aid to the Palestinians if they did not pursue peace with Israel.>> When they disrespected us, a week ago, by not allowing our great Vice President to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support.
Tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands. That money is on the table and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace.>> Palestinians shunned Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the region this month after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to begin moving the US embassy to the city, whose status is at the heart of the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
A move that drew universal condemnation from Arab leaders, and criticism around the world. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States had taken itself off the table as a peace mediator since it recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But Trump, appearing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said that was just a way to move negotiations forward.
>> The hardest subject they had to talk about was Jerusalem. We took Jerusalem off the table. So, we don't have to talk about it anymore, they never got past Jerusalem.>> This is very big, disrespectful to
]>> Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, disagreed with that sentiment.>> The insistence of President Trump saying that Jerusalem is off the negotiating table, translates into that peace is off the negotiating table.
>> Meanwhile, Palestinian families in Gaza, where more than half the population depends on support from the United Nations and other agencies, say they will starve after a recent US decision to cut aid to UN relief agencies.>>
> How are we going to live when they cut the aid from us?
How should we feed our children, is this a life? This is not a life, death is better. May God help us.>> At the United Nations on Thursday, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley also criticized the Palestinians and condemned a recent speech by leader Mahmoud Abbas.
>> A speech that indulges an outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace.