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 »
“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.”
By MICHAEL WILNER IN WASHINGTON, HERB KEINON, KHALED ABU TOAMEH
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 »
REPORT: The U.S. will end its support of UNRWA’s appraisal of “5 million Palestinian refugees,” that span 3 generations and born in countries throughout the world, as fulfilling the accepted definition of ‘refugee.’ Such a broad definition was/is not afforded to any other group of refugees anywhere in the world, at anytime, or by any body, UN or otherwise.
The Trump administration will in coming days reject the United Nations definition of Palestinian refugees and ask Israel to reconsider allowing the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) to operate in the West Bank, an Israeli TV report said Saturday. Continue Reading »
According to reports, upon learning of proposed ‘US Peace Plan’ during Saudi visit in November, the PA despot exploited Trump’s Jerusalem declaration to extricate himself from a plan that would create a Palestinian state not based on the 1967 lines, and without flooding Israel with refugees.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided to deliver Sunday’s speech – in which he ruled out a peace process as long as Donald Trump is US president – after parts of Trump’s Middle East peace plan were leaked to him by the Saudis, Channel 2 reported on Tuesday night.
Even before Sunday’s speech, Ben Caspit of The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew sister paper Maariv reported last week that Abbas was angered by the preliminary reports of Trump’s plan that the Saudis had given him. Continue Reading »
Someone needs to tell Abbas: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
– President Trump and American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley had both previously threatened to cut funds should Abbas not engage in peace. Instead of listening, Abbas cursed Trump and the United States.
The United States have frozen over half of their contribution to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), from $125 million dollars to a mere $60 million.
The move comes on the backdrop of a deterioration in relations between the United States and the Palestinian Authority, which has been particularly sharp since President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6. Continue Reading »
With Trump downsizing American aid to the PA and UNRWA, Palestinian leadership’s tantrums & threats that have worked in the past, are only causing even more ‘self-inflicted’ hardships, and may ultimately cause the unseating of it’s despot leader who was elected to serve until 15 January 2009.
By CHARLES BELEZER/THE MEDIA LINE
“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Palestine and it is not for sale for gold or billions,” a spokesperson for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas affirmed; this, just hours after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut-off aid to the PA.
The latest dust-up between Washington and Ramallah is part of an ongoing feud that erupted in the wake of the former’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Continue Reading »
Israel TV10 news reports diplomats corroborating decision by the United States administration freezing a $125 million grant, or 1/3 of it’s annual funding to UN agency that deals with “Palestinian refugees” exclusively.
By Elad Benari
The United States administration froze a $125 million grant to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN’s agency for “Palestinian refugees”, which was supposed to be delivered on January 1, Channel 10 Newsreported on Friday, citing three Western diplomats.
The amount frozen is one-third of the annual funding the United States provides the organization, according to the report.
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.
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Palestinian Authority autocrat Abbas tells the US that he will never stop the generous monthly payments to the families of prisoners and martyrs, “even if it means I lose my position.”
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told the United States that he will continue to pay terrorists’ families for terror attacks against Jews.
White House adviser Jared Kushner met Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. – Screenshot: Instagram/White House
“I do not intend to cease paying salaries to the families of prisoners and martyrs, even if it means I lose my position,” Abbas told Kan 11. Continue Reading »