Foreign Aid

Joe Biden Promises to Restore Funds to Palestinians that Were Cut Because of Terror

Former Vice President Joe Biden promised Tuesday to reverse several measures taken by President Donald Trump against the Palestinian Authority due in part to its support for terrorism and rejection of negotiations. In a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Biden said: “I will reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem, find a way to re-open the PLO’s diplomatic mission in Washington, and resume the decades-long economic and security assistance efforts to the Palestinians that the Trump Administration stopped.” Biden apparently did not provide any concessions he would expect from the Palestinians in return. Instead, Biden claimed that reversing Trump’s policies would revive dialogue with the Palestinians toward a two-state solution. But the Obama/Biden administration made no progress toward a two-state solution in eight years, with generous U.S. funding in place and a deliberate policy of “distancing” the U.S. from Israel. Moreover, Biden failed to mention the reasons the Trump administration took those measures against the Palestinian Authority. The “decades-long economic and security assistance” was halted for several reasons, one of which was that the Palestinian Authority persists in paying stipends to the families of jailed or dead terrorists. For example, in 2018, President Trump signed the Taylor Force Act — named for an American veteran killed by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv in 2016. The law which bars the use of U.S. taxpayer funds to support the Palestinian Authority as long as it continues to reward terror. (Biden did not explain how he would repeal that legislation.) Another reason the U.S. cut aid was the Palestinians’ continued refusal to negotiate a peace agreement with Israel — a refusal that persisted throughout the Obama years, even with lavish American funding flowing. Trump tweeted in 2018: “It’s not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others. As an example, 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. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” The White House also cut $200 million in funding to the Palestinian Authority in 2018 because of the role that the Hamas terror group plays in controlling the Gaza Strip. And Trump drastically cut the aid that the U.S. gives to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a special organization that caters specifically to Palestinian “refugees” from Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 — started by Palestinians and surrounding Arab states — and their descendants. UNRWA camps have often encouraged Palestinian terror and anti-Israel indoctrination. Critics also say that UNRWA also perpetuates the Palestinian refugee issue, rather than allowing refugees to be absorbed by other countries, as Israel had absorbed Jewish refugees from Arab countries. The U.S. consulate in “East Jerusalem” was not even in “East Jerusalem,” but in the Western part of the city, near downtown, on the Israeli side of the 1949 armistice line (also known as the 1967 border). Its old functions still exist, and are handled by the U.S. embassy — of which the old consulate building is now an annex. (Biden has said he would not move the U.S. embassy back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, though he also said it should not have been moved — despite commitments by every U.S. president since Bill Clinton to do so.) Finally, the Trump administration closed the Washington, DC, office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 2018 because, as the Jerusalem Post noted at the time, “it was congressionally obligated to close the diplomatic facility should Palestinian officials target Israel at the International Criminal Court” (ICC). The Trump administration was obligated by law to close the office once Palestinians announced plans to take Israeli officials to the ICC. The fact that the Palestinians rejected peace talks was an additional reason for the closure. In sum, Joe Biden would give Palestinians hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars per year without any commitment to stop rewarding terrorism or to renew negotiations. He would restore the U.S. Consulate in West Jerusalem without any concessions from the Palestinians, and reopen the PLO office in Washington in defiance of U.S. law. His stance on restoring funding also implies the repeal of the Taylor Force Act, which is not only meant to protect Israelis but to deter and punish Palestinian terrorists for attacks on Americans. Biden claims that these concessions to appease the Palestinians would encourage negotiations toward a two-state solutions. But eight years of concessions under the Obama administration failed to achieve that goal.

Exactly!!!   But, Joe Biden doesn’t care about the facts, nor about actually solving this issue.  It’s just politics..and in his declining mental health, from his perspective…If Trump does it this way, I’ll do it the other way.  It’s really that sophomoric and simple. Joe, and his campaign, don’t care about the fact that the Palestinian Authority (sometimes called the PLA or PLO) funds Hamas; an Islamic terrorist organization!!  President Trump was absolutely right to cut off American TAX-PAYER funding to a terrorist organization, and demand reforms.  After all, why on earth would we give TAX-PAYER monies to an organization that hates us and would kill every single one of us, if it could?!?  How crazy is that?!?  Thanks to Joel B. Pollak for that excellent assessment.

Pentagon suspends $300M in military aid to Pakistan

The Pentagon says it has suspended $300 milllion in military aid to Pakistan for not doing enough to battle terrorists groups inside its borders. The announcement comes ahead of an expected trip to Islamabad by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. military’s top officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In January, the Pentagon suspended nearly $1 billion in aid to Pakistan for what Defense Secretary James Mattis and other top officials said at the time was Islamabad’s failure to take on the Haqqani terrorist network. That network is believed to be holding western hostages, including Kevin King, a U.S. professor from American University in Kabul who was abducted along with an Australian colleague two years ago. King was last seen in a “proof-of-life” video, released last October. At the time of the January announcement, the Pentagon said Pakistan could earn back some of the cash from the U.S. if it did more to stop the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups.

Smart negotiating!  And, kudos to the Trump Administration for playing hardball with Islamabad!  For far too long, we’ve been sending them BILLIONS of our hard-earned tax dollars almost as if we’ve been bribed…and Pakistan has done nothing to reign in the Haqqani network, as well as Taliban, Al Qaeda and other Islamo-wack terrorists being protected within it’s borders.  It’s this dance we’ve been doing with them for over 15 years.  And, nothing has changed.  Time to have a paradigm shift.  And thanks to Trump and Sec. Mike Pompeo, it looks like we finally may be shaking up the relationship a little and putting some over-due pressure on Islamabad to get off their butts and address the elephant in their house.  Excellent!!     🙂

State Department announces indefinite freeze on security aid to Pakistan

Relations between the United States and Pakistan hit a new low Thursday with the Trump administration announcing a broad suspension of nearly all bilateral security aid to Islamabad and calling out the Pakistani government over its weak record on religious freedom. In a sign of the administration’s mounting frustration over what it says Pakistan’s refusal to confront terrorist networks operating in the South Asian nation, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the halt in aid will remain in place indefinitely — until Islamabad “takes decisive action” against Taliban and other jihadist groups. Pakistan, which claims its military has already engaged in a costly internal crackdown on terrorists over the past three years, appeared poised on Thursday to respond to the Trump administration’s move by cutting key American supply routes that run through the nation to U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan. Ms. Nauert did not specify how much U.S. assistance would be halted, saying only that details were still being worked out. Her announcement Thursday followed a statement earlier in the week by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who said Washington was already withholding $255 million in aid because of Pakistan’s unreliability as a counterterrorism partner. The United States has given more than $30 billion in aid to Islamabad since 2001, with much of the money tied to military training and Pakistani purchases of U.S.-made weaponry. The relationship has been tumultuous though, with the last low point coming in 2011 after U.S. intelligence and special forces found and killed al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden at a hideout inside Pakistan. While relations had strengthened again in recent years, as the Pakistani government launched military operations against jihadists in the country, things deteriorated over the summer amid complaints from U.S. officials that the Pakistanis weren’t doing enough to go after a group known as the Haqqani network, which is accused of targeting American forces in Afghanistan. In August, President Trump accused Pakistan of providing “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror.” A tipping point came more recently, when Pakistan captured an alleged Haqqani operative that Pakistani forces had captured during the rescue of a Canadian-American family in October. The New York Times has reported that U.S. officials demanded access to the operative, who may have valuable information about at least one other American hostage, but that Pakistan rejected the request. It was not clear Thursday how far the Trump administration intends to go in suspending aid to Islamabad, although there were reports that more than a billion dollars earmarked for the nation could be halted. Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said on Twitter Thursday that he is introducing a bill to end aid to Pakistan. While he also did not give a specific dollar figure, the senator said his legislation would take the money and “put it in an infrastructure fund to build roads and bridges here at home.” Speculation swirled Thursday over the geopolitical implications of a major cut in aid to Islamabad. Some have raised concerns that Islamabad may shift toward a military alliance with China, which is reportedly planning to construct its second overseas military base in Pakistan.

US quietly sent $221M to Palestinians in Obama’s last hours

Officials said Monday that the Obama administration– in its waning hours– defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking. A State Department official and several congressional aides told The Associated Press that the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office. In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations, the congressional aides said. The aides and the State Department official weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. Congress had initially approved the Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, but at least two GOP lawmakers — Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee — had placed holds on it over moves the Palestinian Authority had taken to seek membership in international organizations. Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding after funds have been allocated. The Obama administration had for some time been pressing for the release of the money for the Palestinian Authority, which comes from the U.S. Agency for International Development and is to be used for humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza, to support political and security reforms as well as help prepare for good governance and the rule of law in a future Palestinian state, according to the notification sent to Congress. The Palestinian funding is likely to draw anger from some in Congress as well as the Trump White House. Trump has vowed to be a strong supporter of Israel and has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington next month. Some of Trump’s incoming administration has been split on whether to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The Washington Post noted that most of the world doesn’t recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. East Jerusalem is also considered “occupied territory,” which Palestinians hope to call their capital if a two-state solution is ever reached. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Trump’s U.N. ambassador, said Wednesday that she would back the embassy move, while Trump’s Defense Secretary nominee retired Marine Gen. James Mattis said he would “stick to U.S. policy” regarding Jerusalem. Trump’s next ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, supports Israeli settlements and other changes to U.S. policies in the region. Friedman said he looked forward to carrying out his duties from “the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem,” even though the embassy is in Tel Aviv. Trump advisers have said that the president-elect will follow through on his call for moving the embassy.

This should outrage every clear-thinking American.  The audacity of Obama to just send over $200 MILLION dollars of our hard-earned tax dollars to the Islamic terrorist affiliated Palestinian government is shocking, and deeply offensive!  Trump should do everything in his power to stop that cold in its tracks if at all possible.  Not only is it outrageous, and offensive..  But, it sends absolutely the WRONG message to that part of the world.  Obama always loved to cozy up to dictators, communist nations, Islamic wackos, and other evil regimes…while throwing our friends under the bus.  This was one of Obama’s final acts of giving we-the-taxpayer, and Israel, the finger.  Awful..

Lawmakers call for defunding UN schools after film shows Palestinian kids praising ISIS

U.S. lawmakers want to cut off funds to United Nations-run schools where a new documentary shows kids as young as 13 declaring they want to kill Jews and join ISIS. The documentary, “The UNRWA Road to Terror: Palestinian Classroom Incitement,” shows children as young as 7 in schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) expressing support for terrorism. One clip shows a 13-year-old Palestinian student chanting “With Allah’s help I will fight for ISIS, the Islamic State.” Members of Congress and sources with knowledge of pending legislation told FoxNews.com that lawmakers are looking to introduce bills cutting off funding from such schools before Congress adjourns this summer. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., said major reform is needed to UN schools. “It is a crime against humanity, an outrage, and does not in any way prepare the Palestinian population or future generations of Palestinians for peace with Israelis,” Lamborn told FoxNews.com. “It is unacceptable that the international community, including the United States, is funding UNRWA without demanding change.” According to State Department figures, the U.S. provided $390 million to help fund UNRWA in 2015. The Congressional push comes as Israelis mourn four civilians killed in a Tel Aviv restaurant last week by two young Palestinians from the West Bank. Israeli officials have pointed to links between Palestinian calls for violence and the murders. The documentary shows incitement across several schools. “We have to make war to prove we are stronger than the Jews,” said a 7-year-old girl who is shown in the film saying the line in the classroom of a UN school in Jerusalem. “Right now I am prepared to be a suicide bomber,” says a 13-year-old shown in the film at another UN school. Another student, who is identified in the film as a 10-year-old who goes to a UN school in Bethlehem, is shown saying, “We need to take steps to kill them, and they will retreat and we will advance.”

And just think.. Our hard-earned tax dollars are paying for these little brain-washing, terrorist camps disguised as “schools.”  If you’re outraged, you’re not alone.  We need to demand from our members of Congress that they defund tax-payer funding of this, and other wasteful UN nonsense, immediately!  Funding this is funding the next generation of Islamic wacko terrorists…who will end up attacking us, and our interests, some day.

U.S. sends China millions in foreign aid despite $1.3 trillion debt

China has become one of the world’s largest two economies, and is wealthy enough to buy up at least $1.3 trillion of the U.S. debt. But that hasn’t stopped Uncle Sam from continuing to send foreign aid to Beijing. In 2014 the U.S. State Department and its USAID program provided nearly all of the $12.3 million in taxpayer-funded aid set aside for China. And another $6.8 million is on tap for Beijing this year, according to ForeignAssistance.gov.

That’s our Obama administration for ya..just giving away are hard-earned tax dollars to China.  And Obama has the nerve to demand tax INCREASES.  Congress should cancel ALL foreign aid to China.  They are NOT an ally.  They are an adversary.  And, frankly, they don’t need OUR money.  They’re doing just fine.  Besides, it’s not in our national security interests to be giving them millions on American taxes.  It makes ZERO sense.

Millions misspent on AIDS relief in Africa, audit finds

Recent audits showing that at least $2.6 million in federal AIDS relief funding to Africa was misspent raises concerns about how effectively nearly $1 billion in taxpayer funds intended to combat Ebola in the region will be used.

What?  Corruption and waste of American dollars by the federal government?  Nahh…  Not possible!  lol  It seems like each time we send foreign aid to some country (a concept I’m, in general, very much opposed to), it seems to disappear and never is used for the purposes its intended for.  Thats because government is inherently corrupt and inefficient.  IF we’re gonna be throwing millions, if not BILLIONS, of hard-earned American tax dollars at another country’s problem (in this case, Ebola), then it had better be used wisely, and every dollar accounted for.  The American people deserve nothing less.

Obama Administration to send $212M in Foreign Aid to Palestinians, Kerry says

The United States is promising $212 million in immediate assistance to the Palestinians as part of an international effort to rebuild the Gaza Strip after this summer’s 50-day war.

Are you serious?!?! Why on EARTH are we sending $212 MILLION DOLLARS of hard-earned, tax-payer monies to the Hamas-lead Palestinian government to rebuild their settlements after the Israelis decimated them.. And why was that? Because Hamas was attacking innocent Israeli citizens. This is a problem between Israel and the people of Palestine. And, if the Palestinian people are too stubborn and stupid to separate themselves from Hamas, then they should live with the consequences of that. Its not our problem to have to pay for THEIR mistakes. This is another pathetic patronizing of our enemies. Hamas would wipe us out in a nano-second if they could…and yet we’re sending them $212 MILLION tax-payer dollars?!?!? Call your member of Congress and your two U.S. Senators and tell them to NOT send ANY foreign aid to Palestine until they totally reject any affiliation with Hamas! We cannot keep sending millions of our tax dollars to countries and terrorist organizations like Hamas. Its breathtakingly stupid and goes totally against our national security interests; something Obama has a habit of doing a LOT. Now, hes just robbing us at point blank range, and giving our money to terrorists….and calling it “foreign aid.” This should infuriate every tax-paying American!

Paul Seeks to Remove Obama Waiver Power on Palestinian Aid

Paul Seeks to Remove Obama Waiver Power on Palestinian Aid

Doesn’t look like Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) bill will go anywhere.  But, as a matter of principal, I definitely support his efforts to cut off foreign aid to the new Hamas-backed regime in Palestine.  We should only send tax-payer funded foreign aid in extremely rare situations, with a LOT of strings (i.e. we get something tangible out of it, not just “good will”), and only to countries friendly to us, and it is in our national security to do so.  Sending our hard-earned, U.S. tax-payer,by our President, to a terrorist-backed regime is foolish, and is contrary to our national security interests.  So, again, I applaud Sen. Paul’s efforts here.  Its too bad that he has only received less than two dozen supporters thus far. 

US aid to Mexico’s federal police wasted as corruption soars, study finds

US aid to Mexico’s federal police wasted as corruption soars, study finds

What?  Corruption in Mexico?  U.S. aid being wasted?  Nahhh….  Yeah, we need to stop ALL aid to Mexico entirely.  That’s ridiculous!  Use those funds to help secure the border and enforce laws already on the books.  Mexico won’t change its culture of rampant corruption anytime soon.  And, sending them $1 BILLION of tax-payer funded cash won’t help fix it.  It’ll probably only make things worse.  So, Congress needs to stop any and ALL foreign aid to Mexico immediately.  We’re $17.5 TRILLION in debt and climbing.  We cannot afford to throw BILLIONS of dollars in foreign aid to countries who squander it like this. We have our own problems to fix.  Its time we did, and stop trying to fix everyone else’s.  Heres a Tweet:   #BringbackourMONEY