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.
A small crowd of Palestinian protesters in the West Bank on Monday pelted an American diplomatic vehicle with eggs to protest the recent move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The incident drew an angry American response and deepened a crisis in relations that has followed the U.S. Embassy decision. The State Department said the diplomats were on a visit to “promote educational and cultural exchange” in the West Bank when they were accosted. “The objective was clearly intimidation. The United States absolutely opposes the use of violence and intimidation to express political views,” the statement said. The protesters gathered as members of the delegation from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem walked to their vehicle. The crowd held signs and shouted at the Americans, before throwing eggs at their car as they drove away. No one was injured. “We are here to say to the American Embassy, ‘No we don’t need you. Leave Palestine and leave Jerusalem and leave the embassy,'” said Palestinian protester Muhannad al-Said. This comes just one week after the U.S. Embassy to Israel was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Palestinians claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital. While President Donald Trump has said the embassy move is not meant to prejudge the final borders of the city, the step is seen by both Israel and the Palestinians as siding with Israel in the most sensitive dispute in their conflict. East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, is home to the city’s most sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites. The Palestinians have severed most contacts with the Americans to protest the move.
And we should end ALL foreign aid to that Hamas-supported entity known as the Palestinians. The move of the embassy became U.S. LAW back when Clinton was President. And he, as well as Pres Bush and Pres Obama just signed “waivers” on the move. In short, they didn’t have the stones to simply follow the law, and so they kicked the can down the road until President Trump came around. So, President Trump merely fulfilled existing law already in place, as well as a campaign promise. That’s all. And in so doing, he formalized that which had already existed. The fact that the Palestinians are up in arms about it is bs. It’s just another reason for them to start riots and attack Israel which they don’t even recognize as existing…which is, of course, crazy,. It’s time to end ALL U.S. taxpayer support in the form of “foreign aid” to the Palestinians; a group that hates us anyway.
The Trump administration is preparing to cut tens of millions of dollars – over half the intended first installment – from the UN agency for so-called Palestinian refugees, the Associated Press, citing U.S. officials, reported on Sunday. According to officials, only $60 million of the planned $125 million would be paid to the UN Relief and Works Agency, the body that administers to Palestinian “refugees.” Other payments would be contingent on major changes in the organization, the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added. The U.S. is UNRWA’s single largest donor, providing about $300 million annually. The definition of a Palestinian “refugee” and the actual numbers have long been the subject of debate. Last month, Trump said that Palestinian intransigence regarding negotiations with Israel would cost them aid. Trump tweeted, “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” and added, “with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” In a two hour address to the Palestinian Liberation Organization on Sunday, Abbas cursed Trump over the tweet, saying, “May your house be demolished.” However, there has been a difference of opinion among U.S. officials regarding the U.S. decision. While U.S. Ambassador Haley wants U.S. aid to be entirely cut until the Palestinians return to the negotiating table with Israel, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, among others, believe that doing so would only worsen the situation in the region, especially in neighboring Jordan which is home to hundreds of thousands of so-called Palestinian refugees. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tended towards Tillerson and Mattis’ line of thinking although it was the West Bank and Gaza – and not Jordan – that were his main concern. While supporting Trump’s bottom line, the prime minister felt the U.S. move would create a humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip as well as derail security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Instead, he believes the move should be gradual. Netanyahu’s office said he “supports President Trump’s critical attitude towards UNRWA and believes practical steps need to be taken in order to change the fact that UNRWA is being used to entrench the Palestinian refugee problem instead of solving it.” Netanyahu also suggested instead that the funds for Palestinian refugees instead be rerouted to another UN body such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which deals the rest of the world’s refugees, the report said. Israel is deeply critical of UNRWA, charging that the organization harbors terrorists and perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem indefinitely, thus blocking a potential resolution to the conflict. UNRWA has also come under fire on many occasions both for spreading anti-Semitic hate in its schools and for employing members of terror organizations and supporters of terror. In February, UN Watch released an 130-page report exposing 40 UNRWA school employees in Gaza and elsewhere who engaged in incitement to terror against Israelis and expressed “anti-Semitism, including by posting Holocaust-denying videos and pictures celebrating Hitler.” That month the agency also announced the suspension of an UNRWA employee suspected of having been elected a Hamas leader. The UN itself released a report in 2015 that found Palestinian terror groups used three empty UN-run schools in Gaza as a weapons cache. Moreover, it said that in at least two cases terrorists “probably” fired rockets at Israel from the schools during the 50-day summer conflict in 2014 between Israel and Hamas. While the agency is said to administer to 5.1 million so-called refugees, the numbers are unclear. According to UNRWA’s own data, the U.S. is its largest donor and in 2016 it granted $152 million directly to the agency and a further $216 million to affiliated projects – equal to a quarter of the agency’s total budget.
And that is crazy!! Why on earth are we funding with our hard-earned tax dollars an organization that funds Islamo-fascist terrorist organizations like Hamas? We might as well just start shooting ourselves in our collective feet. I’m with Trump and Ambassador Nicky Haley on this one. It’s time to end this decades-long cycle that has gotten us absolutely nowhere. The PLO (or now the PLA) and it’s Hamas masters have NO interest whatsoever with making any peace Israel, and its time we as Americans stop pretending that it’s even a remote possibility. It’s not. Abbas even openly said he hopes Trump’s is “demolished.” And that’s who we’re supposed to give money to in the hopes it’ll bribe peace? Unfotunately, that’s the stupid cycle we’ve been in for over 30 years. Glad to see we finally have a President and an Ambassador who are willing to call it as it is. We need to cut off ALL “foreign aid” to the Palestinians.
A Palestinian university welcomed incoming students with a giant banner depicting Palestinian arch-terrorists as “heroes.” The banner was hung at a reception for new students at the Dura branch of Al Quds University and featured photos of the founders of a number of terror groups, including Hamas’s Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Fathi Shiqaqi, Abu Ali Mustafa of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Black September’s Salah Khalaf, monitoring group Palestinian Media Watch reported. The banner also featured images of former Palestinian Liberation Organization head Yasser Arafat and his deputy Abu Jihad, who as head of the organization’s military wing orchestrated terror attacks that claimed the life of at least 125 Israelis, the Palestinian Authority daily Al-Ayyam reported. Speakers at the reception included Fatah official Jamal Muhaisen, who has delegitimized Israel’s right to exist and supported the use of terror in order to defend sites that are holy to Islam. The Al Quds banner also featured the logo of the university’s branch of Fatah’s student movement with the slogan: “From the sea of blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) we will create a state,” as well as a PA map presenting all of sovereign Israel as “Palestine.” In 2013, Brandeis University suspended its partnership with Al-Quds University following a Nazi-style demonstration at its main campus, with activists marching in black military gear and trampling Israeli flags, carrying fake automatic weapons and raising the Heil Hitler salute.
Until the Palestinians are willing to stop this crap, the Israelis shouldn’t bother sitting down for “peace talks” or discussing the possibility of a “two state solution;” which all the Dems and establishment Republicans have been advocating for. After all, you cannot make peace when one side doesn’t recognize your right to even exist. Fatah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are all just different names for Islamo-fascist terrorist wakos; pure evil.
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..
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January 24, 2017
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Kerry says reported kidnapping of Israeli soldier ‘outrageous’ violation of Gaza cease-fire
Well, I am not surprised by this in the least…and in fact predicted this would happen. Every single time there has been a cease-fire agreement, Hamas has been the one to break it. The current cease-fire began at 8am EST (6am MDT) this morning.. So, this story is developing..