This madness has to end…
Israel Still Paying Money to Palestinians, Palestinians Keep Paying Jihad Terrorists
Jihad terrorism, paid for by Israeli, US, and European taxpayers.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) is the world’s biggest welfare case, with the United States and the European Union pouring billions, if not trillions, into the coffers of these supposedly oppressed people. Palestinian officials have used the money to enrich themselves and to finance jihad terror against Israel. Finally, Israel has begun to push back against this: in July 2018, the Knesset passed a bill directing that the amount of PA payments to jihad terrorists be deducted from the Israeli taxpayer money that was collected for the Palestinians. (How many people who condemn Israel for its supposed oppression of the Palestinians are even aware that Israeli taxpayer money goes to the Palestinian Authority?) These deductions are happening – but they’re still not nearly enough, and the Palestinian Authority is still giving an astounding amount of money to jihad murderers and their families.
As the new book The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process shows, the reaction among Palestinian officials to the Israeli bill was predictable. PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh called it a “declaration of war,” and PA President-for-Life Mahmoud Abbas was defiant: “We will not accept a cut or cancellation of salaries to the families of martyrs and prisoners, as some are trying to bring about. We view the prisoners and the martyrs as planets and stars in the skies of the Palestinian struggle, and they have priority in everything.” They were, he said, “paving the way for the independence of Palestine.”
The Trump administration was unmoved, and took decisive action of its own in support of the Israeli government’s stance. After years of American funding of the PA despite massive evidence of the fact that it is encouraging and rewarding jihad terror activity, Trump cut the amount of money the U.S. sent to the PA. And on February 1, 2019, the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA) came into effect. This act allowed families of victims of terror attacks in foreign countries to sue foreign governments. The Palestinian Authority thereupon asked the U.S. government to end its funding of the Palestinian security services, which amounted to sixty million dollars annually, as continuing to take it would expose the Palestinian government to lawsuits under the new law.