Netanyahu says UNRWA 'must become a thing of the past'

Lester Mason
January 8, 2018

The Palestinian government called on Monday on the United Nations General Assembly and global community to continue to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to help it continue with the mission it was created for until the Palestinian refugees are able to return to their homes they were forced out from in 1948.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Netanyahu made the remarks at the start of the weekly gathering, addressing recent reports that the United States intends to stop funding the agency.

Netanyahu's public comments, at a weekly cabinet meeting, appeared to reflect a desire to show support for a main ally, U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as concern that choking off funds would deepen Palestinian hardship, particularly in the Gaza Strip, and put Israel and militants on course for war.

"I fully agree with President Trump's strong criticism of UNRWA", Netanyahu declared.

Netanyahu said that UNRWA is focused on Palestinian refugees and that its funding should instead be shifted to the U.N.'s blanket refugee agency.

Mahmoud expressed surprise at Netanyahu's claim that the Palestinian right of return aims at eliminating Israel, describing it as incitement.

"UNRWA is an organization that perpetuates the problem of the Palestinian refugees. This needs to be resolved by the parties to the conflict in the context of peace talks, based on United Nations resolutions and worldwide law, and requires the active engagement by the global community", Gunness said in a statement.

"UNRWA is assigned by the General Assembly to continue its services until a fair solution to Palestinian refugees issue is reached", UNRWA official Sami Mushasha noted.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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