USA freezes payment to United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees

Nikki Haley said the US would stop funding UN aid to Palestinians if they did not engage in peace talks

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyHaley: "Open question" if USA athletes will attend Olympics amid North Korea tensions Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls east Jerusalem Emergency UN Security Council meeting called after Trump's Jerusalem announcement: report MORE suggested this week that the U.S. could cut funding for the Palestinians unless they agreed to return to the negotiating table with Israel.

For their part, Hamas leaders downplayed the IS threats and dismissed the video as a "Zionist production".

"It is naive to engage in the analysis of this issue as an ideological one", al-Bardawil wrote in a tweet. It also accused Hamas of "following in the footsteps of the disbelieving West". The group also called on supporters in Gaza to attack Hamas security installations.

Hamas in the past has publicly announced it was receiving weapons and money from Tehran. ISIS fighters began an exodus from Syria and Iraq to the Sinai.

He said neither U.S. President Donald Trump nor Israel's ruling Likud party "would be able to change the identity or the features of Jerusalem, which has always a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic face and identity".

Many Israeli officials have lobbied the U.S.to stop payment because UNRWA is influenced by Hamas.

"The President is a master dealmaker and is as committed to trying to achieve the ultimate peace deal as ever, but he will not tolerate falsehoods being spread about America and our positions - and he certainly will not spend taxpayer dollars to subsidize those who spread them", the official said.

Samira Hamadeh, a mother of three who lives in Gaza City, said that it marked a "big improvement" but that residents need more. Around 15 to 20 megawatts come from Egypt, but the supply is not stable due to security in the Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

So why is ISIS going to war against Hamas? That move, authorized by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), was meant to pressure the Hamas leadership to loosen its control of the coastal strip. Clearly, the Islamic State sees Gaza as prime recruiting territory, as well as a potential staging area for attacks directly against Israel.

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