Washington based Arab media quotes congressional sources saying aid cut was a “message” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, along with US House Foreign Affairs Committee voting unanimously to condemn Abbas & other Palestinian leaders for their continued anti-Israel incitement.
By Yoni Herschel
An Al-Monitor report quoted congressional sources describing the cut as a “message” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas regarding Palestinian incitement against Israel.
According to the report, the State Department notified U.S. lawmakers last month of its intention to reduce economic aid to the Palestinian Authority from $370 million to $290 million for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
Meanwhile, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted unanimously last week to approve a resolution condemning Abbas and other Palestinian leaders for anti-Israel incitement.
“The Palestinian Authority has not fully lived up to its prior agreements with Israel to end incitement and should do more to prepare the Palestinian people for peace with Israel,” the resolution said. It also called on “President Abbas and Palestinian Authority officials to discontinue all official incitement and exert influence to discourage anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement in Palestinian civil society.”
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