U.S.: Assistance to PA “Does Not Provide Value to the U.S. Taxpayer”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, speaks during a meeting with the Palestinian Central Council, a top decision-making body, at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 . (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed,l)

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday: “Earlier this year…the President directed an overall review of U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and also in Gaza to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars were being spent in accordance with U.S. national interests….The decision was then made…that that money at this time is not in the best interests of the U.S. national interest and also at this time does not provide value to the U.S. taxpayer….We believe that the United States alone does not have to shoulder a disproportionate share of financing programs overseas.”

meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday told the Foundation for Defense of Democracies she believed that Palestinian claims over a “right of return” to modern Israel should be taken “off the table.”

Regarding aid cuts to UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, she said, “We will be a donor if it reforms what it does…if they actually change the number of refugees to an accurate account, we will look back at partnering [with] them,” adding that “the Palestinians continue to bash America” and yet “they have their hand out wanting UNRWA money. We have to have them come to the table for a peace agreement,” Haley said. “That’s only going to happen if the region pushes them for that to happen.”




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