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Report: Obama Gave $221 Million to Palestinians in Last Hours

Report: Obama Gave $221 Million to Palestinians in Last Hours

Report: Obama Gave $221 Million to Palestinians in Last Hours

The Associated Press reported Monday that former President Barack Obama released $221 million in U.S. funding for the Palestinian Authority on the morning of Friday, January 20 — just hours before he was to leave office.

A State Department official and several congressional aides say the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning, just before Donald Trump became president.

At least two GOP lawmakers had placed holds on the Palestinian funds. Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding.

This was not the first time Obama had granted funding to the Palestinian Authority despite Congress’s wishes. In 2012, for example, he unblocked nearly $200 million that had been frozen in response to Palestinians’ unilateral actions at the United Nations, using a legal waiver included in the Palestinian Accountability Act.

Republicans have increasingly called for blocking or canceling funding to the Palestinian Authority, not only because of unilateral diplomatic moves toward statehood, but also because of increasing evidence that funds are used to incite violence and provide financial rewards to terrorists.

The Palestinian Authority reportedly provides compensation to the families of terrorist prisoners incarcerated in Israeli prisons, as well as to those who have killed themselves in attacks on Israeli civilians. The total amount allocated by the Palestinian Authority budget for “the Care for the Families of the Martyrs” was reportedly about $175 million in 2016, and an additional $140 million was reportedly allocated for payments to prisoners and former prisoners.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was also among the first world leaders that President Obama called after taking office in January 2009.

Report: Obama Gave $221 Million to Palestinians in Last Hours

4 Comments on Report: Obama Gave $221 Million to Palestinians in Last Hours

      • “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; Entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson. Poor old Jefferson, he wouldn’t recognize America today.

  1. That dirty son of a communist **** gives MORE money to terrorists before leaving Friday morning?!? He needs to be brought up on charges of aiding & providing comfort to the enemy,and sent to Leavenworth to break rocks!

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