Joe Biden Promises to Restore Funds to Palestinians that Were Cut Because of Terror
Former Vice President Joe Biden promised Tuesday to reverse several measures taken by means of President Donald Trump against the particular Palestinian Authority due in portion to its support for terrorism and rejection of negotiations.
In a statement to the particular Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Biden stated: âI will reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem, find a way to re-open the PLOâs diplomatic mission in Washington, and resume the decades-long economic and security assistance efforts to the Palestinians that the Trump Administration stopped.â
Biden apparently did not give any concessions he would expect to have in the Palestinians in return.
Instead, Biden claimed that curing Trumpâs policies would revive discussion with the Palestinians toward the two-state solution. But the Obama/Biden administration made no progress to a two-state solution in 8-10 years, with generous U. Ersus. funding in place and also a strategic policy of âdistancingâ the You. S. from Israel.
Moreover, Biden failed to mention the particular reasons the Trump administration required those measures against the Palestinian Authority.
The âdecades-long economic and security assistanceâ was halted regarding several reasons, one of which will was that the Palestinian Authority persists in paying stipends to the families of jailed or maybe dead terrorists. For example, within 2018, President Trump signed the particular Taylor Force Act â? known as for an American veteran mortally wounded by a Palestinian terrorist within Tel Aviv in 2016. The law which bars the make use of of U. S. taxpayer cash to support the Palestinian Authority provided that it continues to incentive terror. (Biden did not describe how he’d repeal that legal guidelines. )
Another reason the You. S. cut aid was the particular Palestiniansâ? continued refusal to discuss a peace agreement with Israel â? a refusal that remained throughout the Obama years, perhaps with lavish American funding going.
Trump tweeted in 2018:
Itâs not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, although also many other countries, together with others. As an example, we all pay the Palestinians HUNDRED ASSOCIATED WITH HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY a year and acquire no appreciation or respect. They donât even want to discuss a long overdueâ? *********************************)
â? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
â¦peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the particular toughest part of the discussion, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have possessed to pay much more. But with the particular Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we all make any of these enormous future payments to them?
â? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
The White House also cut $200 million in funding to the particular Palestinian Authority in 2018 since of the role that the particular Hamas terror group plays within controlling the Gaza Strip. And Trump drasticallyÂ cut the aid that the U. S. gives to theÂ United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a special corporation that caters specifically to Palestinian ârefugeesâ from Israelâs War of Independence in 1948 â? started out by Palestinians and surrounding Arab states â? and their rejeton.
UNRWA camps have usually encouraged Palestinian terror and anti-Israel indoctrination. Critics also say that UNRWA also perpetuates the Palestinian refugee issue, in lieu of allowing asile to be absorbed by different countries, as Israel had ingested Jewish refugees from Arab places.
The U. S. l¨¦gation in âEast Jerusalemâ has not been even within âEast Jerusalem,â but in the Western part of the city, around downtown, on the Israeli aspect of the 1949 armistice brand (also referred to as 1967 border). Its old functions still exist, together with are handled by the You. S. embassy â? of the fact that old consulate building is right now an annex.
(Biden possesses said he’d not move the particular U. S. embassy back by Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, even though he also said it have to not have been moved â? despite commitments by every You. S. president since Bill Clinton to do so. )
Finally, the Trump administration closed the particular Washington, DC, office of the particular Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) within 2018 because, as theÂ Jerusalem Post noted at the time, âit was congressionally obligated to close the diplomatic facility should Palestinian officials target Israel at the International Criminal Courtâ (ICC). The Trump administration seemed to be obligatedÂ by law to close the particular office once Palestinians announced strategies to take Israeli officials to the ICC. The fact that the Palestinians rejected peace discussions was an additional cause for the particular closure.
In sum, Joe Biden would give Palestinians lots of millions of American taxpayer dollars per year without any kind of commitment to stop rewarding terrorism or to renew negotiations. He would restore the U. Ersus. Consulate inÂ West Jerusalem without any kind of concessions from the Palestinians, together with reopen the PLO office within Washington in defiance of You. S. law. His stance in restoring funding also implies the particular repeal of the Taylor Force Act, which is not simply meant to protect Israelis although to deter and punish Palestinian terrorists for attacks on Americans.
Biden claims that these kinds of concessions to appease the Palestinians would encourage negotiations toward the two-state solutions. But eight yrs of concessions under the Obama administration failed to achieve that goal.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News along with the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings by 7 p. m. to 10 p. m. ET (4 r. m. to 7 p. meters. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, is obtainable for pre-order. He is a winner of the particular 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.