Kirsters Baish| President Donald Trump posted two tweets on January second which took note of the fact that even though the United States has been giving “hundreds of millions of dollars” in aid to the Palestinians, they don’t show much appreciation or respect for that money and have not been willing to enter into peace talks with Israel.
President Trump’s tweets suggested that the Trump administration was able to cut down on foreign aid to the Palestinians. The Associated Press released a report on Saturday which explains that this is all under discussion by top level members of Trump’s cabinet.
After more than a month of extremely hostile rhetoric toward President Trump and the United States from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Trump administration felt the move was necessary. It all started after President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Abbas claimed that this recognition was not acceptable to any kind of peace agreement.
The reports claimed that plans to substantially reduce United States contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, an agency with has a big focus on providing aid and services to Palestinians throughout the Middle East, were about to be finalized.
This plan would involved only $60 million being delivered to the United Nations agency rather than the original scheduled first installment of $125 million. The United States has contributed $355 million in 2016 alone. It was expected that the amount would be matched this year, but things have changed. The full amount could potentially be restored if the Palestinian government were to meet certain unspecified goals. Among these goals are resumption of peace talks with Israel.
The $65 million cut from the contribution was a compromise that was brought about by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The two found a meeting place by not changing the budget but getting rid of the aid all together. This position was staked out by United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
While the cut in aid was criticized by the Palestinians and the United Nations, the Trump administration explained that the lack of funds could be restored by bigger donations to the agency from other European nations. After all, why is it America’s responsibility?
UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl claimed that the reduction in aid “threatens one of the most successful and innovative human development endeavors in the Middle East.” Maybe Krähenbühl can look in his own pockets for the money.
Israel’s position on the matter is slightly different. Israel Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon stated, “UNRWA has proven time and again to be an agency that misuses the humanitarian aid of the international community and instead supports anti-Israel propaganda, perpetuates the plight of Palestinian refugees and encourages hate.”
The Daily Wire reminded Americans that the UNRWA, along with other United Nations agencies, have been holding a strong anti-Israel bias. They allegedly know that their funds have been used to indoctrinate young Palestinian children to turn against Israel and to support terrorism.
Children in schools that were funded by the agency reportedly were being taught chants about killing Jews. Some of the children had already pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.
It is believed that members of the agency have shown their support for violence against the state of Israel. They view Israel as an “occupying force.” They have also promoted blockade breaking terroist supporting flotillas to Gaza.
President Trump’s decision to cut down on aid to the Palestinians and the United Nations was a great move. We couldn’t be more proud to have Trump in office.