President Obama may have made some conciliatory noises to the Israelis, but the Palestinians are going to get their jizya from the American taxpayers, as the president bypassed COngress once again. ( h/t Sooper Mexican). Here's a presser with State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland:
QUESTION: Can I ask on Palestinian aid? There’s reporting out of the region that the funds have actually been unblocked kind of a bit quietly over the last couple of weeks, the 200 million that was held up in Congress, and that’s now been received by the Palestinian Authority.
MS. NULAND: Jo, I don’t – I’m just finding it here. I did go through this about a week ago in some detail. I can do it again for you. To date, we have moved $295.7 million in Fiscal Year 2012 money, 200 million of that – see, this – numbers don’t – oh, and 200 million in Fiscal Year 2013 assistance. So breaking that down again, 200 million in FY2013 ESF money was direct budget support for the Palestinian Authority; 195.7 million in FY12 Economic Support money went for development and humanitarian assistance implemented by USAID; 100 million in FY2012 for International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement; and then in February – at the end of February we notified Congress about another 200 million that we’d like to move.
QUESTION: So you’ve moved the 295 --
MS. NULAND: Total of 295.7 in FY12 and 200 in FY13. Why don’t we go through it again afterwards if you need to?
QUESTION: That’s been moved, okay.
MS. NULAND: Mm-hmm.
QUESTION: And then 200 is still – you want another further 200?
MS. NULAND: Correct. We’ve notified.
Sequestration? What sequestration? Congress? Who?
They're cutting tuition assistance for our military, control tower hours at a number of airports and kicking trained and experienced military out of the service with partial pensions. But the Palestinians will get their jizya just the same.Got to pay the salaries of those convicted terrorists is Israeli jails, and pass some along to Hamas, you know.
You can count on it with this president, come rain or come shine.