White House warns Israel not to with hold Palestinian funds over European recognition

The White House on Wednesday warned Israel not to withhold funding intended for the Palestinian Authority in retaliation for decisions by three European countries to recognize a State of Palestine.

“I think it’s wrong on a strategic basis, because withholding funds destabilizes the West Bank, it undermines the search for security and prosperity for the Palestinian people which is in Israel’s interests, and, I think, it’s wrong to withhold funds that provide basic goods and services to innocent people,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters.