Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority reluctantly declines the $60 million US security aid out of fear that accepting the money would open the PA up to an avalanche of lawsuits under the 2018 Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act.
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. security aid for the Palestinian Authority was set to dry up on Thursday after the PA declined the money over concerns it could increase its exposure to U.S. anti-terrorism lawsuits.
The loss of the nearly $60 million in annual funding marks another tear in ties between the Trump administration and PA President Mahmoud Abbas, and potentially undermines his security cooperation with Israel in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »
REVEALED: US-Israel historian Kobby Barda has uncovered the ‘forgotten’ chapter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: US President Truman’s administration gave the Arab nations and Israel $1.5 billion [in today’s equivalency] to resolve the Middle East refugee problem. – But only Israel fulfilled its obligation.
By Eldad Beck
Kobby Barda couldn’t believe what he was seeing. While researching the establishment of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee under the auspices of the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa, Barda found his way to the personal archive of one Isaiah Leo “Si” Kenen, a Canadian-born lawyer, journalist and philanthropist who was one of the founders of the pro-Israel lobby. Continue Reading »
“The United States condemns the Palestinian Authority’s payments to terrorists and their families,” warns Edgar Vasquez, a White House spokesman, “This is unconscionable and must stop if there is to be any hope for peace.”
The Trump administration is warning the Palestinian Authority that severe US aid cuts to Ramallah may be in the offing unless it ends its compensation program for the families of murderers and terrorists convicted by Israel.
Responding to reports that the family of the killer of Ari Fuld, an American citizen, would receive official compensation for the terrorist act, a White House official noted that recent congressional legislation compels the administration to “restrict the use of Economic Support Funds that directly benefit the Palestinian Authority” unless the State Department “certifies that the PA has taken steps to end the practice of providing payments to individuals, and families of individuals, who committed acts of terrorism.”
“As we’ve seen from today’s announcement by the Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Commission with respect to the terrorist who killed Ari Fuld, the practice continues,” said Edgar Vasquez, a White House spokesman. Continue Reading »
Palestinian intransigence has forced Trump to look at the conflict as a ‘business deal’, uniquely changing the paradigm. To the Palestinian’s ire, there’s a ‘revolution’ to move forward – for both US fiscal responsibility, and Israel’s future…. or as the PLO would call it, a ‘nakba’ [catastrophe].
By Yochanan Visser
A revolution is taking place in the way the United States deals with the Palestinian Israeli conflict and it could have serious ramifications for the security situation in Israel some say while others see God’s hand in the stunning developments.
Last week the Trump Administration announced it would cut $200 million in U.S. Continue Reading »
Failing a review directed by President Trump “to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with U.S. national interests and provide value to the U.S. taxpayer,” the State Department cut $200+ million in aid to the Palestinians.
WASHINGTON — The State Department has cut more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority “at the direction of the president,” the administration announced on Friday.
Mahmoud Abbas ultimately rejected President Trump’s message to the Palestinian Authority in Bethlehem, May 23, 2017. – Screenshot: White House:IsraelandStuff.
The aid cut is the result of a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority ” to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests and provide value to the US taxpayer,” said a State Department spokesman. Continue Reading »
Pending review, the United States has quietly frozen all American aid for projects designed to boost the Palestinian economy, develop infrastructure, and boost institutional capacity among other goals, until four anti-terrorism conditions are met – unless the Secretary of State certifies an exception.
By Eylon Aslan-Levy
The United States has quietly frozen its aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) pending review,i24NEWS has learned. The move comes two months after Congress passed the Taylor Force Act, which aimed to force the PA to terminate its “pay-for-slay” policies of paying stipends to convicted terrorists in Israeli jails and to the families of dead terrorists. Continue Reading »
Last month he United States pledged $45 million to the West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal, led by the the UN agency in charge of assisting exclusively Palestinian refugees, which just had $65 million withheld from their coffers.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
The United States will not provide $45 million in food aid for Palestinians that it pledged last month as part of the West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal led by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.
Shocking revelation from the Lebanese Bureau of Statistics expose how UNRWA radically increased the true number of Palestinian Arabs under its jurisdiction by more than double, for excessive funding.
By Yochanan Visser
Last week, both President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the U.N., indicated that the administration was considering completely cutting off US aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA).
The decision was reportedly taken after the Israeli government asked the US to gradually reduce its contribution to UNRWA in order to force the organization to reform and to wean the Palestinian Arabs of the extensive aid the largest UN organization provides to roughly five million Palestinian “refugees” and their descendants. Continue Reading »
Senior administration official says the White House on Friday will be looking into cutting its financial aid to Abbas’ Palestinian Authority, following President Trump’s tweets on the issue.
By Elad Benari
The White House is actively looking at cutting aid to the Palestinian Authority, and is expected to hold a discussion on the matter on Friday, a senior administration official told Haaretz on Thursday night.
The move follows President Donald Trump’s tweets earlier this week in which he expressed doubt over the usefulness of American aid to the Palestinians, given their refusal to resume peace talks with Israel.
@realDonaldTrump “We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel.”
By Israel Today Staff
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that if the Palestinian Authority does not become more conciliatory in its approach to Israel, then it will no longer receive American financial aid.
Will $400 Million stop being sent each year to Palestinian despot, Abbas? – Photo: US Department of Justice
The Palestinian leadership has painted Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a major obstacle to peace, going so far as to reject any further American role in the peace process. Continue Reading »
Because of the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to end its long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinian terrorists who have killed Israelis and American tourists, the US administration is working to finally put an end to US financial funding to the Palestinians. – Trump to Palestinian leader: ‘Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded.’
By The Associated Press
The Trump administration is backing legislation that would suspend US financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends what critics say is a long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis.
President Trump relays serious message to Palestinian in Bethlehem – Screenshot: White House:IsraelandStuff.
The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Sec. of State John Kerry to send $221 million to the Palestinians, funds Obama had for some time been pressing to release, and was to be sent directly to the West Bank & Gaza.
The department said Tuesday it would look at the payment, one of the Obama administration’s final acts in office, and might make adjustments to ensure it comports with the Trump administration’s priorities. Continue Reading »
During his final hours as POTUS, Barack Obama released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority, ignoring the GOP members of Congress that placed a ‘hold’ on the aid because of state incitement to violence & cash payments to convicted terrorists.
By The Associated Press
Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority.
Abbas& Obama at White House – Photo: AFP
GOP Congress members have been holding up the money.
A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning, just before Donald Trump became president. Continue Reading »
New UK restrictions on transfer of financial aid to Mahmoud Abbas’ gov’t is meant to ensure funds deliver “maximum impact for Palestinians,” ensuring funds no longer compensate incarcerated terrorists or the families of killed terrorists.
The United Kingdom on Friday announced that it was placing new restrictions on transfer of aid the Palestinian Authority in order to ensure it does not reach terrorists or their families.
Aid to the PA will continue, but “certain key changes will be made to ensure this funding delivers the best value for money and maximum impact for Palestinians,” said a government statement. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Republican bill would terminate US foreign aid to Abbas’ PA as long as Palestinians pays terrorists monthly stipends. Senator Lindsey Graham: “The Palestinians need to decide – do they condemn these horrible acts or do they reward them? You can’t be a partner in peace when you are paying people to commit terrorist acts.”
Republican senators introduced legislation that would withhold funds from the Palestinian Authority until the US Secretary of State certifies that the P.A. has stopped rewarding terrorists or their families for attacks on Israelis and Americans.
The legislation introduced Wednesday by Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Dan Coats, R-Ind., is named for Taylor Force, an American student who was murdered in a stabbing terrorist attack in Tel Aviv this March during a trip to Israel. Continue Reading »
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