Skip to comments.US unblocks $500 million in aid to Palestinians
Posted on 03/23/2013 7:42:12 PM PDT by EinNYC
The US State Department announced on Friday that nearly $500 million in aid had been unblocked for transfer to the Palestinian Authority, months after Congress froze the funds in late-2012.
To date, we have moved $295.7 million in fiscal year 2012 money and $200 million in fiscal year 2013 assistance, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.
The announcement came on the heels of US President Barack Obamas first trip to Israel and the West Bank since assuming office in 2009.
The Palestinian Authority has been in the grips of a deep economic crisis, largely due to promised aid going undelivered. Additionally, Israel has stopped delivering Palestinian tax revenues to the PA with the exception of a one-time payment of $100 million in January following Palestines approved petition for non-member observer state status at the UN last November.
The Obama administration has been pushing for release of Congressional aid funds for some time, and it was unclear if any conditions were placed on the PA in exchange for delivery.
In a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday in Ramallah, however, Obama reportedly asked the Palestinian leader to refrain from turning to the International Criminal Court for any reason, including settlement expansion. The PA has consistently threatened to address its grievances against Israel at the Hague in recent months.
According to London-based daily Asharq Al-Awsat, Abbas said he would turn to the Court if Israel began to build in the controversial E1 corridor that connects East Jerusalem with the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim, but that he would wait two months before doing so. Israel announced plans to build in the area after Abbass unilateral move for a status upgrade at the UN.
In an apparent reversal from his first-term policy of supporting a settlement freeze, Obama stated Thursday that Palestinians cannot expect for Israel to agree to preconditions for negotiations. The New York Times also reported a softening in Abbass position, citing talking points leaked before the PA leaders meeting with the US president. According to the report, Abbas is so eager to resume peace negotiations that he is now willing to forgo a public Israeli announcement of a settlement freeze.
Same with fixing the border or keeping the airports
open, or keeping the Chicago schools open.
but don’t worry there will be enough money
for hollow point bullets for the IRS and Obama’s brownshirts.
If congress froze the funds, how were they unfrozen?
Obama could not start them fighting while he was there,but he did find the Palestinians needed money so they can
$500 million dollars of borrowed money to placate a gaggle of thugs. What a wonderful foreign policy. The central socialist government of Amerika mugs us and takes our hard-earned shekels then shells it out to foreigners who hate us and doles the rest out to the lazy asses in this country who have no desire to work.
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?
The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.
Building statues of Benedict Arnold? No -- we don't do that. But we do send hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorists. The budget cuts won't stop that. The budget cuts will just stop the things that benefit American children and stuff like that.
“If congress froze the funds, how were they unfrozen?”
yeah kinda wondering that myself....
No matter what you do for or to a muslim, at the end of the day, you’re still the infidel (or Jew) and they will still hate you.
How many homemade rockets will that buy? How many rounds of 7.62?
How many homemade rockets will that buy?
With that kind of money they won’t use homemade rockets. I bet they’re already in the pipe line.
With that kind of money the MANUFACTURING FACILITIES are in the pipeline.
U.S. Army orders its first batch of suicide drones
Obama you are a bad man. The only thing that can defeat you is your own party. You own it all now. Let your decline begin.
They had a lock box for the Palestinian aid?
Generous $2 million in aid for our ally, Jordan, the cost of a couple nights in a hotel for Biden and his entourage.
well thank goodness, not like we could’ve used it for air traffic control towers or anything...
why are we still paying these people for their ‘service’? they need to be fired and brought up on charges
I'd like to know where they're getting their 7.62 rounds. I need some.
Oh, goody, goody. More bucks for missiles, rockets, guns, ammo, chemical weapons, etc.
That will buy a lot of RPG rockets and AK-47 ammo and maybe a few suicide belts as well.
That would buy them a lot of condoms, booze and pork.
China and Russia, I’m guessing.
Obama you are a bad man. The only thing that can defeat you is your own party. You own it all now. Let your decline begin.
But the Communists/Progressives want a Dictator of Obama’s ilk. As long as the free stuff lasts, they’ll go along. But the “stuff” won’t last forever.
$200 million, not 2.
“The Palestinian Authority has been in the grips of a deep economic crisis, largely due to promised aid going undelivered.”
You know, if your economy is dependent on economic aid from other countries, your country has no future. Unless being a parasite is the future you seek.
All the while, I’m sending thousands of dollars in tax to the IRS while my neighbor with 6 kids by 5 different fathers sits at home all day watching TV, lives in a house which is bigger and better than mine, new car in the driveway, 3 flat screen tv’s, and still gets a tax refund without even paying any taxes because of the child tax credit.
What is wrong with this picture?
Yep, that about sums it up. Hard working honest people no longer seem to have a value in today’s Amerika. Illegals, criminals, and thugs both here and abroad seem to be the only “legitimate” receivers of the fruits of the hard working peoples’ labor. Including the Thug in Chief who’s squatting in the White House and his merry minions of absolute kooks (he does seem to have great talent in finding people for important positions who are laughingstocks and outright nutcases in the eyes of everyone else).
They helped fill ole Arafat’s pockets and now they continue to fill the pockets of the so called leadership’s pockets. The actual people won’t see a plugged nickel of that money. Not a penny will go to help anyone of them. The big whigs will get it all.
They take our money and curse us with the next breath.
How much of this money is going to Suha?
Yep, and they’ve been doing that for years. Yet we continue to send money to the contrived “Palestinian Authority” (no such thing!), Pakistan, and other entities who can’t wait to buy arms with OUR money to stab US in the back. Israel has contributed technological wonder after technological wonder to the world. What have the Pallies contributed? Blood, horrific injuries and death to innocent people (including infants and children), the waste of colossal amounts of foreign aid on luxury lifestyles for their “leaders”, and a whole bunch of hot air polluted with lies.
Wow. Thanks, FRiend.
Ah, the great friend of Israel and the scourge of terrorism. Hussein Obama. Is it any wonder US Jews vote in lock step for such a great and wise man?
My thoughts as I plunge down the rabbit hole on my journey to meet the Mad Hatter.
The White House is funding terrorists again......
A once-great nation has been subverted by enemy agents and is now being “used” to empower,arm, and finance its sworn enemies and world-wide terrorists. A good, noble country is being flushed down the toilet of history as its citizenry (largely) applauds (or doesn’t give a dam either way). Or perhaps this is all just a bad dream? After all, who could believe this could ever happen?
$500 million ..... NO PROBLEMO
You all see it as plain as your nose. There is no country. Just how quick can the elites bleed us to 3rd world nation status. It's obvious they have no opposition.
Thanks Jet Jaguar
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I actually had to sever a 15 year friendship because my former friend kept trying to shove pro-Obama talking points down my throat via unwanted emails. Even my telling him that I did not want to receive such emails and to shove Obama up the nearest convenient orifice failed to stop his emailing me and a lot of other conservative friends and acquaintances his load of Obama-crap. He actually chose Obama over our friendship. It still hurts. Hope he's happy with his choice, after all Obama's done to this country and yet intends to do.
1. Pond scum 2. Fecal material 3. Palestinians (Jordanians)
Point taken. My comment is in no way anti Jew. More like anti liberals that happen to be Jews. Nonetheless, if all I have read & observed is reasonably accurate, the majority do vote liberal. Leading me to the conclusion that their religion is somewhat (weak? transparent? Certainly secondary to political ideology).
My personal experience is anecdotal and quite limited, but my contact with politically conservative Jews has been pretty limited.
I haven't heavily researched Pamela Geller, but so far I like what I see. The truth, no holds barred.
..............You know, if your economy is dependent on economic aid from other countries, your country has no future. Unless being a parasite is the future you seek..............
Please let me modify your comment a bit!
You know, if the US economy is dependent on economic loans from other countries, the US has no future. Unless being a parasite to the rest of the world is the future you seek.
I been to one worlds fair, a picnic an’ a rodeo, and that’s the stupidest thing I ever heard of ...
Joe Biden could take a lotta trips to Vegas with that kinda money!
If you do not see the myriad of complex laws and principles of Judaism being carried out by your parents and they are not taught to you, you will go looking for spiritual or SOME kind of belief system to fill the void. If that void is filled by materialism or Communism or whatever, the Jew by virtue of being born to a Jewish mother will not be an observant Jew and will not identify with the Jewish people. Their values will be with whatever turns them on that week. If they have fallen in with liberals to replace the Jewish community they were robbed of by their non-observant parents, their values will be those of the libs. They are still Jews according to Jewish law, but they are not living a Jewish lifestyle and their views are not based on authentic Jewish values.
The "70%" of Jews who voted for Obama were certainly mostly the type of Jews I have described here, not observant Jews who know from moral values. So it's not fair at all to lump knowledgeable and practicing Jews with Jews who were robbed of their rightful education and then declare that "70% of Jews voted for Obama".
$200 million for Jordan
$500 million for Palestinians
I know how you feel. I severed a relationship with a good friend over the same thing. He kept posting and emailing agitprop to me even after I asked him to stop. He was one of those who justified liberal insanity by invoking GWB. The final straw was an email about gun control and New Town.
It is a shame, we were tight at one time; we drove to Colorado once..
I wondered about what all the glowing words to Israel were about. Now I see. Just more theme and deception on the part of the regime. Look at the right hand not the left.
Any question about what this money will go for once the terrorists PLO get their hands on it? Destruction of Israel was always and is the game both zero and the PLO play.
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