Surprise: Obama Stealthily Sent the Palestinians a Big Fat Check
April 30, 2012 - 5:24 am
“We can’t wait” to send terrorists $192 million in American taxpayer money. Obama spikes the Osama football with one hand, mails a check to terrorists with the other.
Did we find out about this in congressional hearings, or a White House announcement? No, we found out about this in a Friday docu-dump:
President Barack Obama has signed a waiver to remove curbs on funding to the Palestinian Authority, declaring the aid to be “important to the security interests of the United States.”
A $192 million aid package was frozen by the US Congress after the Palestinians moved to gain statehood at the United Nations last September.
But in a memo sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, published by the White House, the president said it was appropriate to release funds to the authority, which administers the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In signing the waiver, Obama instructed Clinton to inform Congress of the move, on the grounds that “waiving such prohibition is important to the national security interests of the United States.”
The Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2012 contained a provision that said none of the funds “may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.”
Obama’s unilateral triple play flies in the face of the will of Congress and established law. It’s also based on a lie.
“The PA has recognized Israel’s right to exist, renounced violence, and accepted previous agreements, including the Roadmap,” he said, referring to the peace plan proposed by the so-called Middle East Quartet — United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations.
In reality, the PA has formed a government with Hamas, which in on the State Department’s list of terrorist groups and has not recognized Israel’s right to exist. The PA itself reneges on its agreements with Israel when it suits them, endorses terrorism as legitimate “resistance,” and its own charter still describes Palestine as an “indivisible” territorial unit that is home only to the Palestinian people.