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US Ambassador Friedman ‘Peace No Closer Despite Aid Money’

Fierce Internal Debate Set Off by PA-Jordanian Confederation Plan

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5 Sep 2018 (All day)
US Ambassador Friedman ‘Peace No Closer Despite Aid Money’
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Tuesday evening that the Trump Administration has “slayed the sacred cow of the calcified thinking that has held back progress on the Palestinian front…since 1994, the United States has thrown more than $10 billion in humanitarian aid to Palestinians. Without minimizing the importance of medical treatment and quality education for children – and we don’t, not even for a minute – we found that these expenditures were bringing the region no closer to peace or stability, not even by a millimeter."

“To spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars to fund stipends to terrorists and their families, to expend funds to perpetuate rather than mitigate refugee status, and to finance hate-filled textbooks – I ask you, how does that provide value to the United States or the region?” Friedman continued, adding that the US is “not in the business of, as they say, throwing good money after bad.” He added that the actions taken by the Trump Administration to confront Iran and moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem had also contributed to making Israel and the US more secure.

In related news, a plan has emerged in diplomatic circles to allow a ‘confederation” between the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, leading to outraged denunciations by Palestinian leaders and anti-American demonstrations on the streets of PA controlled cities in the West Bank. PA President Mahmoud Abbas issued a somewhat confused response to the reports, leading to intense and often angry public exchanges between him and leaders of other Palestinian factions as well as the Jordanian government. 

 

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