The Washington Free Beacon reports that Congress is working to cut funding to the PA over its incitement and support of terror.
Momentum is building on Capitol Hill for a new congressional resolution that would cut more than $5 billion in US aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a result of the wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis, the Washington Free Beacon reported Friday.
According to a copy of the measure seen by the Free Beacon, Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ), a retired Air Force colonel and an author of the bill, is now seeking to hold the PA directly responsible for the terrorist attacks by cutting off US taxpayer aid to the governing body, as PA head Mahmoud Abbas continues to incite to violence and spread lies about alleged Israeli plots to destroy the Temple Mount compound, which further fuels the violence.
The resolution also calls on the Obama administration to condemn the Palestinian violence more strongly and seeks to condition continued US aid on the Palestinian government’s recognition of a Jewish state.
The measure “demands, as a condition of continued United States aid … that the President re-certify that the Palestinian Authority (PA) government, including all ministers, has publicly accepted” Israel’s right to exist.
McSally’s measure would “freeze all United States funding to the Palestinian Authority until their leaders openly increase efforts to end their incitement of violence.”
The resolution further expresses concern about the Obama administration’s continued use of executive authority to continue paying the Palestinians despite the government’s support for terrorism against Israel, the Free Beacon reports.
It expresses concern “about the use of national security waivers to continue supplying aid to the Palestinian Authority,” according to the text.
The measure also suggests that no US aid should be given to a joint government that includes Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. Abbas’ Fatah party has officially shared the Palestinian government with Hamas for over a year.