Penned By: Jim Kouri
The Obama administration is seeking another $200 million to aid the Palestinians in the 2012 fiscal year, State Department officials said on Friday. But many Americans are uneasy about giving money to a group that has a history of embezzling millions -- perhaps billions -- of foreign aid cash; or worse, they use the money to purchase missiles, rockets, mortar rounds and other conventional weapons.
"We are working with the Congress to ensure continued U.S. support for the Palestinians, including 200 million dollars in direct budget support this fiscal year," the department said in response to the U.S. news media.
Last year, Washington gave the same amount of direct budget support to the Palestinian National Authority, which is claiming it's facing the worst financial crisis in years with a deficit of about $1.1 billion in its current budget.
"Our view remains that our assistance to the Palestinian people is an essential part of the U.S. commitment to a negotiated two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis, promoting a comprehensive peace in the Middle East," the State Department said.
"It is in the interest not only of the Palestinians, but of Israel and the U.S. as well, to ensure these efforts continue as they help to build a more democratic, stable and secure region," said the State Department press office on Friday.
When Obama administration announced proudly its new military assistance as he signed a bill in the Oval Office expanding military and civilian cooperation with Israel, it was quickly discovered to be about one-third of the money appropriated for the Palestinian National Authority. The Israeli gift received widespread news coverage by the Obama-compliant news media, but the Palestinian money was either ignored or mentioned in the back pages of newspapers and newsmagazines, according to an Israeli police officer who is a Law Enforcement Examiner source.
Obama administration officials, especially Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are still attempting to reopen bi-lateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians living in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Negotiations broke off in September 2010.
However, the Obama request for more money for the Palestinians was a tough sell with conservative lawmakers especially in the House of Representative, according to a Middle East advisor who requested anonymity. So, President Barack Obama simply bypassed Congress and sign a "waiver."
"There is a history of corruption and stolen money with foreign aid given to the Palestinian leaders," he said.
He points to a recent case in Ramallah where the so-called financial adviser to the late Yasser Arafat, Mohamad Rashid, is being sought on suspicion he stole millions of dollars while Arafat was the Palestinian leader.
When Yasser Arafat and Fatah were in control of the budge they stole hundreds of millions of dollars of Western aid that were earmarked for food and medicine for the Palestinian people.
In addition to the financial aid, the U.S. is "quietly" providing security assistance to the Palestinians by providing weapons and training to their police officers.
"This scenario is like something out of a Peter Sellers comedy: The U.S. provides Israel with weapons and military equipment and at the same time the Americans give the Palestinians money, training and guns?" quipped counterterrorism expert Claude Demeur.
Facts are showing that the Palestinians are just more of the brotherhood and Obama is giving them all the support he can for he is a undercover muslim simple as that...
undercover my @ss
OUTRAGEOUS AND TRAITOROUS AS HELL!! WE NEED TO BRING BACK HANGING FOR TREASON!!
Aren't the Palestinians aligned with Hamas, a know terrorist group, that is strictly forbidden from receiving any type of aid from the U.S. ??????? This POS POTUS is out of his everlovin' mind! Why don't he just come right out and say that he wants the U.S. and Israel along with the rest of the world to become one and the same as the Muslim sh*tholes that are scattered all about the middle east??? He is intentionally baiting the American patriots in the hope that some will attack him and his administration. Yes that must be what he is up to, he wants and armed conflict to point to for his declaration of martial law. He continues to push our buttons in an unbridled attempt to provoke us..DAMN HIM.
Hezbollah too....they are here in Oklahoma
Now you know why the borders are open and they are bringing in arms from Libya that they took in and now bring them to the USA while they get ready to turn the USA into another third world war and all infidels will be put on the cross and killed.. Like they are doing in Egypt now...
OBAMA has to go and be tried for Treason. We the people can not let this man continue to go around Congress. This is a terrible thing for we the people of the USA to stand back and watch. That man Obama even has us paying 1.2 million for his buses for his reelection campaign. So when is it going to stop?? Obama continues to Bankrupt America.