Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas condemned U.S. senators for voting in favor of the Taylor Force Act, which will cut all funding ($300 million per year) to the PA as long as it continues paying salaries to terrorists who kill Israelis and Americans.
At a meeting of the PLO Executive Committee on Sunday, the PLO condemned the senators for their vote, which calls to cut all funding to the PA if it continues paying salaries to terrorists and allowances to families of so-called Martyrs. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approval last week for a bill to cut US funding to the PA if it does not stop paying wages to terrorists in Israeli prisons.
The Taylor Force Act, named after a former US army officer who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant while visiting Tel Aviv in March 2016, will now advance to the entire Senate for review. Israel has also demanded that the PA stop paying wages to the families of terrorists via intermediary organizations.
In a statement following the PLO meeting that was posted to the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch on Monday, the PLO denounced the proposed act as “unacceptable.” A translation of parts of the statement was provided by the Israeli watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch on Tuesday.
President Trump did something we can’t imagine Barack Obama ever doing. He busted the leader of Palestine for lying to him right to his face.
US President Donald Trump is said to have shouted at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in Bethlehem, Israel’s Channel 2 reports.
According to the channel, which cites Israeli sources and reports the quote in Hebrew, Trump reportedly yelled at Abbas, “You lied to me in Washington when you talked about commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me you were personally responsible for incitement.”
“The [PLO] Executive Committee condemned the legislators of the American Congress and their positions towards the Palestinian people… and sees the American Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ approval of stopping American aid to the PA – if it does not stop the aid to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners – as an unacceptable act that will negatively affect everything that is connected to the Palestinian (terrorists’) rights,” the statement said.
In particular, the bill will impact Palestinian terrorists’ “right to life and protection from the occupation army’s violations, and [from] the summary executions that it carries out in the streets and military checkpoints of the West Bank, including Arab-occupied East Jerusalem. [The Executive Committee] emphasized the rejection of this [American] extortion and the rejection of using the tool of financial aid to extract political concessions.”
The PLO vowed to “continue its national, moral, and humanitarian responsibility towards the occupation’s victims, the victims of organized state terror, and the victims of the herds of settlers and their terror organizations, which the government of Israel supports and provides with protection and patronage, with the blessings of the legislators of the American Congress.
US lawmakers denounced the PA’s “sick” policy of paying salaries to terrorists and their families after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Taylor Force Act — which conditions $300 million of annual aid from the US on the PA ending the policy.
The committee approved the act by a 17-4 vote. Every Republican member of the committee supported the measure, as well as several Democrats, including Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the panel’s ranking member, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
The act is named in memory of Taylor Force — a former US Army officer and veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars who was murdered in Tel Aviv in a Palestinian stabbing attack in March 2016. The 28-year-old Force, a Vanderbilt University graduate student, had been visiting Israel as part of a school-organized spring break trip.
Sources: Times of Israel and BNI