Well, it’s about time!
For some reason, despite the fact that Palestinian terrorists have been waging war on Israeli borders for decades and play the American media like fiddles, using children as human shields and doing whatever they can to provoke “attack” from IDF soldiers, the US has still been sending aid to this openly-hostile state for far too long.
Consistently with his refreshingly, not to mention, historically, friendly relationship with our most important ally in the Middle East, Trump has now frozen funds that were previously being sent to the Palestinian Authority, the Hamas-backed government that has done little more than support terrorism and demonize the West.
The Blaze reports:
The United States is slashing more than $200 million of taxpayer-funded aid to the Palestinian Authority, the State Department announced late Friday.
The announcement came after President Donald Trump ordered a review of the funds in January. The money, which was to be used for general services such as health care and education, has sat frozen since. Trump wanted to ensure the money was not being used to fund terrorism while at the same time providing American taxpayers with a return on their investment.
In a statement, the State Department explained:
At the direction of President Trump, we have undertaken a review of U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in the West Bank and Gaza to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with U.S. national interests and provide value to the U.S. taxpayer.
As a result of that review, at the direction of the president, we will redirect more than $200 million … originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza.
“This decision takes into account the challenges the international community faces in providing assistance in Gaza, where Hamas control endangers the lives of Gaza’s citizens and degrades an already dire humanitarian and economic situation,” they added.
The Palestine Liberation Organization, naturally, was not pleased, denouncing the move as “the use of cheap blackmail as a political tool.”
Hanan Ashwari, a member of the PLO, said:
The Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to coercion. The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale. There is no glory in constantly bullying and punishing a people under occupation. The U.S. administration has already demonstrated meanness of spirit in its collusion with the Israeli occupation and its theft of land and resources; now it is exercising economic meanness by punishing the Palestinian victims of this occupation.
Why does every nation on earth seem to think they’re entitled to US aid? The PLO has made no secret of their contempt for the US and our close allegiance with Israel, why on earth do they feel we owe them a darn thing?
One great thing to see about Trump’s foreign policy is that this is the question he seems to be asking of all foreign nations, who have routinely bashed the US for decades while enjoying the vast benefits our nation has to offer the globe.
If any other nation wants to continue to demonize the US, they can learn what it’s like to survive without us. Is that really so complicated?