Sunday, April 29, 2012

Obama unfreezes 192M for the PA

"...the aid was “important to the security interests of the United States.”

Really?  By what standard does almost 200 million buy us in terms of security?  Does it stop the inculcated hatred of the US and Israel?  Will it win the hearts and minds of the refugees so as to enable them to quit killing innocents?  Does it help to ease the pains of having to rely on outside influence to live?  Will more, I mean aid help to lessen the impact of living in the "worlds largest concentration camp?"  It may be small by comparison to the debt Obama has racked up (almost 24T so far) but it could have been used to help far more productive causes.

From Times of Israel April 27

Obama lifts freeze on $192 million aid package to Palestinian Authority
US President Barack Obama has lifted a ban on financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. An official with the US Agency for International Development said Saturday that the money had been restored.
Obama stated that the aid was “important to the security interests of the United States.”
The US Congress froze a $192 million aid package to the Palestinian Authority after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, defied US pressure and sought to attain UN endorsement of Palestinian statehood last September. The presidential waiver means that aid can now be delivered.
The unilateral statehood gambit was strongly opposed by Israel, which said Abbas was seeking to avoid negotiating the necessary compromises and modalities of statehood with Israel. The US indicated it would veto a resolution in the Security Council seeking unilateral recognition of “Palestine,” but the issue has not come to a vote, because the Palestinians were unable to obtain sufficient support in the Security Council. They may yet seek a non-binding endorsement of statehood in the UN General Assembly.
Section 3 of Congress’s Palestinian Accountability Act, which applies to 2012, stipulates that “no funds available to any United States Government department or agency … may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.” Obama has now signed a waiver, however, the White House said Friday, and asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to inform Congress accordingly.
The AFP news agency quoted White House spokesman Tommy Vietor as saying the $192 million aid package would be devoted to “ensuring the continued viability of the moderate PA government under the leadership of [Palestinian Authority] President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.”
Vietor added that the PA had fulfilled its major obligations, such as recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and accepting the Road Map for Peace.
OK, who spiked the Kool-Aid with willful blindness?
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