Should U.S. Taxpayers Subsidize Palestinian Corruption, Terror and Intransigence?

(JNS) Mitchell Bard - While the Biden administration is determined to provide aid to the Palestinians, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly said he will not end payments to terrorists, in violation of the Taylor Force Act, which bars U.S. aid as long as the PA continues its pay-to-slay policy. In 2020, the PA spent $181 million on pay-to-slay. The Palestinians have never shown any gratitude for U.S. assistance and have never responded to American largesse by cooperating with peace initiatives. They don't hide their contempt at the idea their support can be bought and have for decades undermined U.S. interests in the region. The Arab states have reduced aid to the Palestinians because they are tired of their ingratitude, criticism of normalization with Israel, and unwillingness to reach a peace agreement with Israel. The writer is executive director of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE).

2021-07-08 00:00:00

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