Panetta: Obama opposes decision to withhold PA funds

October 3, 2011 14:04

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that a decision by the US Congress to withhold $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority was against the Obama administration's position, speaking at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv Monday after a meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

"The administration opposes holding these funds from the Palestinians," adding that the funds have helped the Palestinian Authority build better security, which helps that Palestinians as well as Israel.

"This is a critical time and it is not a time to withhold those funds."

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