Tuesday, February 12, 2013
SecState Kerry's New Priority - Unblocking $700M In Aid For The Palestinians
Our new Secretary of State is already hard at work.
America is $16 trillion in debt, but Secretary Kerry has his marching orders from President Obama..the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians must receive their jirzya:
Secretary of State John Kerry is working to try to free up almost $700 million in aid for the Palestinians which has been held up in Congress, a top U.S. official said Monday.
"The secretary feels extremely strongly that it is time now to get this support to the Palestinian Authority," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
The department was working with Congress "to get appropriated money released for the Palestinian Authority because we think it's very, very important that they remain effective in supporting the needs of the Palestinian people."
Some $495.7 million was set aside for the Palestinian Authority in the fiscal year 2012 which ended on October 1, while another $200 million for this fiscal year was notified to Congress last week.
The money is earmarked for specific things in the Palestinian budget such as security as well as administrative costs.
However, an additional $100 million has been released, but can only be used on narcotics and law enforcement.
The reason holds have been placed on the funds by Congress was because Mahmoud Abbas, the unelected dictator of the Arab occupied parts of Judea and Samaria (AKA The West Bank)chose to defy the U.S. and break the Oslo Accords and the Road Map agreements the PLO signed on to by unilaterally going to the UN General Assembly and have statehood declared.
Needless to say, President Obama has never seen it necessary to have the Palestinians pay a price for their actions, and he isn't going to start now. And Secretary Kerry is a willing helper.
It shouldn't be unnecessary, but I'll point out that this money, once it gets in the PLO's hands, can be used for anything..to fund Hamas, to personally enrich well connected PLO bosses, to pay for Sufa Arafat's $100,000 per month 'allowance' in Paris, to pay the monthly salaries of convicted terrorists incarcerated in Israeli jails or simply diverted to the right foreign bank accounts.
That's exactly where most of the money the PA has received over the years has gone before, which is why they're in such dire financial straits now. The usual donors are big on promises but see no future in continuing to throw their money down the PA rat hole.
In that, people like the Saudis are a lot smarter than the Obama Administration.
Let's hope Congress stands strong and keeps our wallet closed.