"We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect," Trump tweeted. "With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?"
The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.
Among those applauding the move by President Trump was Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. But other leaders were critical of Trump’s decision to dispense with nearly 70 years of US foreign policy tradition.
"There's no difference between an attack that ends in murder and one that ends in a serious injury," Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. "In both cases the homes of the terrorists must be demolished."
The US editor for Israeli daily Ha’aretz says the hard-right defense minister isn't all that different from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, but "his bark may turn out worse than his bite."