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.
In comments Thursday, the State Department says the administration “strongly supports” the bill. The State Department said President Donald Trump raised the issue with President Mahmoud Abbas during meetings in May. “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded,” Trump reportedly told Abbas at the time.
The measure is named after Taylor Force, an MBA student at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and a West Point graduate. He was visiting Israel in March 2016 when he was stabbed to death by a Palestinian. Force was from Lubbock, Texas.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill in early August.
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