Michael Freund NEW 58.
(photo credit: courtesy)
Next month, the Palestinian Authority is planning to stir up a hornets’ nest.
Ignoring admonitions from Washington and Jerusalem, PA President Mahmoud Abbas
seems intent on seeking United Nations recognition of an independent Palestinian
Defying all attempts at dialogue, the Palestinian leadership
prefers to bypass the bilateral negotiating process and instead take their case
to the UN General Assembly.
In light of the Palestinians’ intransigence,
and new revelations about how they are spending Western aid money, it is time
for the United States to cut off any further funds to the regime in
There is no reason the American taxpayer should continue to
prop up the PA to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars each year while
that very same regime actively works against US interests.
Palestinians know all too well that going to the UN will have no meaningful
impact on the situation on the ground. With the threat of an American veto at
the Security Council hovering in the air, there is simply no chance that the
move at the UN will bring about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It is
an exercise in diplomatic futility, one that is doomed to fail from the
Nevertheless, while the move is of no practical consequence, it
will most certainly prove to be a propaganda boon.
Country after country
will line up to express their support for the Palestinian cause, and Israel will
undoubtedly be portrayed as the chief villain and scoundrel for defying world
Calls for boycotting and sanctioning the Jewish state
will grow louder, and pro-Palestinian propagandists will have a field day
highlighting Israel’s refusal to consent to its own demise.
matter one whit that the Palestinians are the ones who have refused to return to
the negotiating table or that they rejected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s
simple and basic demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
even one tear be shed over the rockets that Palestinian terrorists continue to
fire into the South.
The show will go on, and it is the beleaguered
Jewish state that will be the target of all the venom and vitriol.
PERFORMANCE at the UN is designed to turn up the pressure on Israel in order to
squeeze out still more concessions. And it is a direct blow to the stated
American aim of relaunching direct talks between Israel and the
Moreover, it will further harm America’s image throughout
the Arab and Muslim world, as well as incite and inflame anti-Israel and
In 2010, Washington provided more than $600
million in aid to the Palestinians, including $225m. in direct budgetary
Why on earth should the US continue to fund Abbas and Co.
when they do not hesitate to frustrate the aims of American foreign policy? Even
more grievous, however, is the use to which the Palestinians are putting the
American dollars they receive.
As the British Daily Mail revealed on
August 8, the PA has introduced a new law that pays the families of suicide
bombers directly out of the official Palestinian civil service budget.
addition, some 5,500 Palestinian terrorists behind bars in Israel, including
those involved in attacks involving American citizens, are also receiving
monthly payments from the Palestinian regime. These outlays total 3.5 percent of
the Palestinian national budget.
Terrorists serving longer sentences
because they committed more heinous acts receive larger stipends, seemingly as a
form of reward for having spilled more blood.
As a report on the subject
released by Palestinian Media Watch put it, “the US funds the PA’s general
Through the PA budget, the US is paying the salaries of terrorist
murderers in prison and funding the glorification and role modeling of
This cannot be allowed to continue. It is an outrage, and
Abbas and his associates must be made to understand that they cannot cash
American checks on the one hand while undermining US interests and funding
terrorists on the other.
It is time to end US aid to the Palestinian
Doing so will send a clear message to the Palestinians that
their antics must come to an end.
As the leader of the free world,
America cannot and must not funnel funds to such a regime. It is illogical,
immoral and simply inconceivable.
At a time of tighter budgets and a
ballooning federal deficit, I’m sure America can find far better uses for its
hard-earned dollars than giving out pensions to Palestinian
terrorists.The writer is chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), a
Jerusalem-based organization that helps lost tribes and hidden Jewish
communities return to the Jewish people.