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Newt Gingrich: End aid to Palestinian Authority if anti-Israel UN deal goes through

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks during a discussion at the Heritage Foundation on "The Principles of Trumpism." (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In what is becoming something of a trend among the powerful political class, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took to Twitter Friday to suggest President-elect Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should consider ending their aid to the Palestinian Authority if President Barack Obama works with the United Nations to pass a resolution that would result in a de facto defining of Israel's borders.

The tweet comes on the heels of a challenge issued by both Netanyahu and Trump, also on Twitter, for Obama to veto a resolution before the UN that would halt all Israeli settlement building in Palestinian-occupied areas of the country.

The tag team Twitter rebuke and a call from Trump to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led Egypt, who proposed the original resolution, to postpone it Thursday afternoon. Al-Jazeera reports:

Egypt agreed to postpone a vote on a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements after US President-elect Donald Trump called President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president's office said.

Egypt had circulated the draft late on Wednesday, demanding Israel halt settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, and a vote was initially scheduled for Thursday.

But it requested that the resolution be postponed after Israel launched a frantic lobbying effort, including calls from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the US to use its veto power at the Security Council to block the resolution.

On Friday, Sisi's spokesman said the two leaders agreed to allow Trump's incoming administration a chance to tackle the issue.

Gingrich has a long history of criticizing the Palestinian Authority, saying during the 2011 presidential debate that "the Palestinian Authority does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and that Palestinian schoolbooks teach children to become terrorists."
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