Senate Panel Weighs Bill to Cut U.S. Funding to Palestinians over Payments to Terrorists

(Fox News) Ben Evansky - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard testimony Wednesday on the Taylor Force Act, named for a West Point graduate who was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist last year in Tel Aviv. The committee's ranking member, Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), said, "What the Palestinian Authority is doing is financing terrorism. That must end and the United States must use every opportunity to bring that to end." Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, who served under President Obama, asserted that the payments incentivize murder. Elliot Abrams, a former senior official under President George W. Bush, said, "What's really tragic here is the complete lack of leadership by President Abbas, who is defending these payments. I think he has an opportunity to explain this to the Palestinian people and he has instead dug his heels and he's defending the system."

2017-07-13 00:00:00

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