Pres. Trump has given the Palestinian Authority a wake-up call that they can either broker a peace deal with Israel or go broke.
Perhaps no governmental body has engaged in fake negotiation longer and more successfully than the Palestine Authority. In a recent development, the Palestinian’s second highest ranking decision-making body, Central Council, called for revoking the very existence of Israel.
The recommendation is meant to be a punishment for Pres. Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and expediting the move of the U.S. embassy to the Jewish Capital. The head-scratcher is that the Palestinians have never recognized Israel. But Pres. Trump’s forceful leadership has put them between a rock and a hard place that may force a peace settlement.
Reality Bites Palestinians
In the midst of the fiery rhetoric being bandied about among U.N. diplomats, Pres. Trump and leadership, The Jerusalem Post may have hit the nail right on the head with a recent article quoting Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “World Has Pampered Palestinians, Trump First To Tell Them The Truth.”
In the article, the news outlet quotes the Israeli prime minister as saying that “I think (Palestine Pres.) Abbas is reacting. For the first time, someone (Pres. Trump) is telling them the truth.”
The Obama Administration had basically, bowed to the whims of the Palestinian Authority. So supportive of the Palestinian’s anti-Israel activity was Obama that on his last day in office, he reportedly released $221 million to the group. Former Pres. Obama was fully aware of incoming Pres. Trump’s pro-Israel stance.
The pro-Jerusalem position taken by Pres. Trump calls into question more than just who occupies what land and where Israel’s central government is located. The president’s actions now call into question the legitimacy of a Palestinian Authority that has refused to negotiate a peaceful settlement while also supporting terrorism. Pres. Trump’s tough talk on Palestine policies could end its ability to conduct business as usual.
Palestinians are in the Terrorism Business
In July of 2017, The NY Post reported a series of facts that should have turned every American and world leader against the Palestinian Authority.
Citing a report by the Institute for Contemporary Affairs, the Palestinian Authority promoted a budget that increased support for imprisoned terrorists by 13 percent and another 4 percent for families who died “in the struggle against Zion.” All told, 49.6 percent, or $344 million, in aid sent to the Palestinian Authority was being used to underwrite anti-Jewish aggression. The NY Post called it “welfare for terrorists.”
“The (Palestinian Authority) sends a salary to each Palestinian imprisoned for an attack on Israelis, hitting over $3,000 a month after 30 years. Other stipends go to families of “martyrs” killed in the act. That’s $344 million for 2017 that’s not going to build roads or hospitals,” the NY Post reported.
The ongoing coddling and funding by world nations has allowed the Palestinians to engage in a lucrative violence business on par with ISIS and Mexican drug cartels. Pres. Trump’s policies are pushing for an end to terror support and bad faith negotiations.
To date, Pres. Trump has already frozen $60 million in so-called “aid” to Palestine until the U.N. conducts a thorough review of all programs and finds them free from terror sponsorship.
Trump Administration Calls for End of Empty Rhetoric
During his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump called for further funding cut backs after Palestinian leaders made disrespectful remarks and actions regarding Vice President Mike Pence.
“Respect has to be shown to the US or we’re just not going any further,” Pres. Trump reportedly said. “That money is on the table and that money’s not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace.”
The Trump Administration is withholding hundreds of millions of dollars.
Policy hawks generally agree that the central problem for brokering a lasting peace agreement is simply that the Palestinians do not want one. Their aid-sponsored schools teach violence against the Jewish State and its people. They also instruct youths that compromise or the acceptance of Israel’s right to exist are off the table.
For upwards of 70 years, peace negotiators from around the world have attempted to reconcile the matter. None took a hardline position against the reality that the Palestinians Authority philosophically and financially supports the demise of Israel.
Pres. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem and hardline policy shift isolates Palestine in a fashion they did not expect. No longer will they be able to thumb their nose at Americans while taking taxpayer dollars to pay for an anti-peace guerilla force. When the former recipients of that U.S. currency stick their hands out and come up empty, many will start rethinking the Palestinian Authority’s policy of “NO.” For the first time, they can either broker a realistic peace or go broke.
~ Christian Patriot Daily