Former Australian PM: Cut aid to Palestinian Authority
Former Australian PM says country should cut aid to PA, support Trump in moving embassy to Jerusalem.
In an article published in The Spectator Australia, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott called on the government to “join any move by the Trump administration to move its embassy to Jerusalem” and suggested Australia move its own embassy to Jerusalem as well.
“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and we should respect that by putting our embassy where they choose to have their capital,” he wrote.
He also called on the government to offer “unswerving support for Israel as the region’s only liberal, pluralist democracy” and said, “Australia should cut our $40 million a year in aid to the Palestinian Authority while it keeps paying pensions to terrorists and their families.”
Though Abbott apparently does support a two-state solution, he also said “there should be a Palestinian state where Jews have the same rights as Palestinians have in Israel” and called the current ideal “a kind of apartheid that’s at odds with Israel’s own values.”
Australia gave nearly 43 million AUD (120 million NIS) to the Palestinian Authority between the years 2015-2016.