Democrat presumptive nominee for president Joe Biden announced that he would restore U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if elected.
Congress cut most of the U.S. tax payer-funded assistance to the Palestinian Authority due to its support for terror. The Palestinian Authority pays stipends to families of jailed or dead terrorists. The scale of the payments depends on how “successful” the terror attack was.
In 2018, Congress passed the Taylor Force Act forbidding U.S. tax dollars to be sent to the Palestinian Authority while the PA is still engaging in what has become known as “pay for slay.”
President Trump signed the bill into law.
Taylor Force, a U.S. army veteran, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist while on a college trip in Israel.
In open defiance of the U.S., the Palestinian Authority has made it clear that it will continue this policy.
In a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Biden said, “I will reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem, find a way to reopen 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.”
The PLO’s mission in Washington was closed because of a congressional mandate that obligated the U.S. to close the mission if the Palestinians tried to bring charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
The Palestinians did just that, and the Trump administration closed the mission — as per their legal obligation.
In addition to cutting funding of the PA due to the Taylor Force Act, the Trump administration cut most of the funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an agency dedicated to helping Palestinian refugees from Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.
UNRWA operates mainly in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian area that elected the terror group Hamas to govern it. UNRWA has a history of being complicit with Hamas and facilitating terror against Israeli citizens.
Since the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, it opened a special Palestinian Affairs Unit to take care of the needs of Palestinians.
In making the announcement, Biden stated that his policies would advance the “two-state solution,” a priority of the Obama/Biden administration over the course of its eight-year tenure.
“A priority now for the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace should be resuming our dialogue with the Palestinians and pressing Israel not to take actions that make a two-state solution impossible,” Biden said in reference to the Trump administration giving Israel the green light to annex the Jordan Valley region (viewed as crucial to Israel’s security).
Notwithstanding the fact that funding the Palestinian Authority’s “pay for slay” policy is currently illegal for the U.S., Biden seems unconcerned about the morality of obligating American taxpayers to finance Palestinian terror against Israeli citizens.
Moreover, despite the deep Israeli concessions made to the Palestinians (as demanded by the Obama/Biden administration), the two-state solution never came to fruition due to the continued refusal of the Palestinians to negotiate it.
Instead, the Palestinian Authority and president Mahmoud Abbas (who was elected in 2005 to a four-year term) feed the Palestinian people on a non-stop media diet of hate and incitement to terror against Jews and Israelis.
Biden’s immoral (and currently illegal) policy positions are an insult to the citizens of Israel and those Palestinians who truly want peace.
Moreover, it is certain that resurrecting failed strategies will only bring more failure and the bloodshed that accompanied them previously.
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