If we can shovel hundreds of millions of dollars we evidently don’t have to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt (thanks, John Kerry!), why not to the so-called Palestinians too?
The United States has quietly unblocked almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had been frozen by Congress for months.
An announcement of the renewed aid to the PA was made by a top U.S. official on Friday, shortly after President Barack Obama concluded his visit to Israel and the PA.
“To date, we have moved $295.7 million in fiscal year 2012 money… and $200 million in fiscal year 2013 assistance,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters, according to AFP.
I didn’t know you could shift half a billion dollars “quietly” to a people whose sole raison d’etre is the annihilation of the Jewish state. But the list of things I don’t know grows ever longer by the day. (I’m getting closer to the mass of the Higgs boson, if my pencil doesn’t keep breaking.)
The Palestinian Authority is facing what has been described as its worst economic crisis in years, in part because of a failure by donors to deliver pledged funds. But its finances were plunged further into chaos after PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas won upgraded UN observer status at the UN General Assembly in late November.
In response, Congress froze the U.S. administration’s requests for funds to the failing entity. However, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been fighting to send the PA nearly $700 million in aid, despite major budget cuts and a fierce debate over where existing money should go.
Nuland said last month that Kerry was working with lawmakers 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.”
Hey, at least the US pays off its pledges. If the so-called Palestinians collected on even a dime of every dollar promised by the Arab oil states, they’d be lighting cigars with fifty dollar bills. As it is, they don’t have a pot to p*ss in—which is why Gaza’s sewers overflow all the time.
I think no one better displays the traits of liberal idiocy—with all the danger that accompanies such imbecility—than John Kerry. As such, he’s Obama’s ideal Secretary of State. “Supporting the needs of the [so-called] Palestinian people”… hey John, the 1990s called. They want their failed policy back.