"There were too many false realities that were created - that people worship - that I think needed to be changed", Kushner told the Times, adding, "All we're doing is dealing with things as we see them and not being scared out of doing the right thing. They are already implementing their plan by changing the terms of reference".
Erekat said it appeared that the United States has accepted Israel's positions on other main issues of the conflict, and not just Jerusalem, including the fate of millions of Palestinian refugees from wars dating to 1948 and Israeli settlements on land Palestinians envisage as part of their future independent state.
"All they've done is have their hand out asking for money, badmouth the United States, not come to the table on the peace deal - why would we have a PLO office?" she explained.
The administration has also slashed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian refugee agencies and aid groups.More news: Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
"The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to take steps to start direct and meaningful negations", Bolton said Monday.
In its announcement, the US State Department castigated the agency for what it called "failed practices", and indicated that it rejected the criteria by which UNRWA defines Palestinian refugees, whereby the United Nations agency confers refugee status not only on original refugees but on their millions of descendants.
"Wait until the peace plan is released, and when it's released, please read it cover to cover and judge the plan on its merits - not on rumors, not on speculation, not on news reports, but on what's in it", one of the United States negotiators, Jason Greenblatt, said Thursday on Twitter.
Israel's reasons for distrusting the Palestinian Authority are clear.More news: Apple halts the production of iPhone X, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE
The remarks echoed what Israeli leaders have been saying for years-that the Palestinians' hard-line positions and the global community's tacit acceptance of them had created an impassible roadblock to peace.
Last Friday, the State Department announced another cut, saying it will halt $25 million in aid to East Jerusalem hospitals, leading to warnings of the "collapse" of medical centers that provide crucial care to Palestinians.
"Today is the deadline" for closure, Husam Zomlot, who headed the Palestine Liberation Organization mission, said in a Facebook video addressed to "the great people of America".
Doubts have mounted over whether Trump's administration can secure what he has called the "ultimate deal" since December, when the U.S. President recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and then moved the U.S. Embassy there.More news: Google execs bemoan Trump election in 2016
Zomlot on Thursday denounced the "unfortunate and vindictive" USA move to close the Palestinian mission. Both sides claim it as a capital.