The $221 million going away present that Hussein Obama and John Kerry gave their Palestinian friends, after first picking it from our pockets, has just been plucked back by the Trump administration. The Times of Israel reports that the transfer of the funds has been frozen, pending a State Department review.
It was one of those last-minute things, that, in the shadow of a Bradley Manning pardon and all of the hustle and bustle of inauguration day, Obama, Kerry and the Palestinian Authority may have been hoping would be overshadowed by more pressing concerns and allowed to proceed.
US officials notified the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday that that was not the case and that the funds would not be forthcoming any time soon, according to an anonymous source interviewed by the Times of Israel.
The Obama regime had been pushing for the money to be released, taxpayer “aid” money from the US Agency for International Development, (USAID), which was to be earmarked for humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza. It is supposedly offered “in the interest of supporting political and security reforms, and to help prepare for good governance and the rule of law in a future Palestinian state.” In other words, it’s quite fungible and there’s no telling what it will be used for once it reaches its destination. Just like with the Iran nuke deal, some, if not most of it would end up in terrorist hands or spent on terrorism activities. It could also be used to support the families of suicide bombers, in the interest of humanitarianism.
Without considering the $221 million, the US had already thrown $250 million their way in 2016. How much help do they need with that “good governance preparation” anyway? Maybe good governance should begin with learning thrift and to be responsible with other infidel’s money. Those funds included $180 million from USAID, $25 million to support Palestinian hospitals and $45 million to pay for fuel purchased from Israel. So Americans, many of whom are having trouble paying their own gas bills, are buying fuel for the America and Israeli haters in Palestine, because Obama and Kerry have their hands on our wallets. Their hands are gone now and so is the sweet deal for the Palestinians.
While Congressional holds are not legally binding they generally are respected by the executive branch. The Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, had originally been approved but two Republican lawmakers — Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, a member of the House Appropriations Committee — had placed holds on it after the Palestinian Authority had sought membership in international organizations.
Out of time and with nothing to lose, Secretary of State Kerry notified Congress that the State Department would be releasing the additional $221 million on the morning of inauguration day. Rep Granger released a statement on Tuesday saying, “I am deeply disappointed that ‘president’ Obama defied congressional oversight and released $221 million to the Palestinian territories.”
She said, “I worked to make sure that no American taxpayer dollars would fund the Palestinian Authority unless very strict conditions were met. While none of these funds will go to the Palestinian Authority because of those conditions, they will go to programs in the Palestinian territories that were still under review by Congress. The Obama Administration’s decision to release these funds was inappropriate.”
It does seem there was a lack of confidence on the part of Kerry and the Obama regime that those funds would be spent properly, in a manner consistent with their appropriation. They probably had good reasons to try to jam it through, from a terrorist perspective.
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