US officials have informed the United Nations that the Trump administration is weighing slashing a total of $180 million in aid to the refugee agency, according to the television report. This sum, which would include the $125 million said to currently be frozen, would constitute about half the US’s annual aid to UNRWA. The US is the refugee agency’s single largest donor.
In comments Sunday to ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting, PM Netanyahu said, “I completely agree with President Trump’s sharp criticism of UNRWA. UNRWA is an organization that perpetuates the “Palestinian refugee problem”, and perpetuates also the narrative of the so-called right of return, whose goal is the elimination of Israel. For these reasons, UNRWA should be shut down.”