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I should have known better. This past August, Lindsay Graham spoke out about a bill that was being proposed, named after a young man named Taylor Force, who had been killed by Palestinian terrorists. The bill would stop funds going from the US to the Palestinians; these funds were being used to pay off terrorists and their families.
I was thrilled to hear yesterday that the bill was passed by the House of Representatives and was being sent to the Senate. Only the bill that was passed is a waste of time and a huge disappointment.
Originally, the bill was intended to reduce funds in proportion to the amount the Palestinian Authority paid to the terrorists and their families. And it also required that the PA acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.
Guess what? All kinds of exceptions have been made to the original bill. As the article says
And it got worse. Next they added a one-year delay before the provisions of the bill go into effect. That gives the PA a year in which to come up with a phony new arrangement by which the payments are given to terrorists from some “private” group instead of the PA itself. Then they stipulated that the money which is withheld must be put into a “Palestinian Authority Accountability Fund,” which can then be given to the Palestinians if the State Department certifies that the PA is taking steps against terrorism.
I know that there are always compromises to bills that go through Congress. We also know how “reliable” our State Department has been; instead of making sure Palestinians have been in compliance with the Oslo Accords, they have continually made excuses for violations. And State has been blatantly anti-Israel.
Worst of all, the bill no longer demands that the PA acknowledge the right of Israel to exist. Of course, the Senate could make changes to the bill it receives from the House. Or Rex Tillerson could further clean up his department.
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