Biden Admin Plans To Restart Palestinian Aid That Largely Funds The Unthinkable
Biden plans to resume aid to the Palestinians that will come directly out of US taxpayer's pockets. The decision to restart the Obama-era agreement is despite reports that claim Palestine uses at least some of those funds to give money to convicted terrorists and their families.
According to the Washington FreeBeacon, State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed this week that the administration will reverse a decision by former President Donald Trump to cut off American aid to the Palestinian government and United Nations organizations that provide services in the region. The United States now intends "to provide assistance that will benefit all Palestinians, including [Palestinian] refugees," Price said.
The program American taxpayers will be funding has been dubbed 'pay-to-slay' which takes international aid funds and uses it to care for imprisoned terrorists and their families. This will violate the 2017 bipartisan (remember when we had those?) order that bans America from throwing taxpayer money at Palestine until it ends the terrorist payment plan.
No word yet, from the White House on how it plans to get around the Congress-approved law that bans the misuse of taxpayer funds.
A State Department official familiar with the matter told the Washington Free Beacon that "any decisions related to resuming assistance to the West Bank and Gaza will be consistent with requirements under relevant U.S. law."
Palestinian Media Watch has examined the PA’s financial reports throughout 2020 and can now report both where the payments are being hidden, and that the amount the PA spent on terrorists salaries in 2020 was no less than 512 million shekels ($159 million).
The salaries the PA paid to terrorists in 2019 via the Ministry/Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, were paid in 2020 through the PLO. Under the budget listing of PLO “transfer expenditures” the PA’s payments through the PLO rose more than 300% in 2020, from 161 million shekels ($50 million) to 673 million shekels ($209 million). The additional expenditure - 512 million shekels ($159 million) - is the minimum amount the PA paid to the terrorist prisoners and released terrorists in 2020, the report states.
The Palestinian government previously hid the use the US aid of some $300 million that went to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), an armed resistance group helmed by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, according to PMW. The funds sent to PLO were an apparent attempt to funnel the funds and hide their use from Americans.