Should the U.S. Stop Foreign Aid to Palestinians?
Ambassador Yoram Ettinger
The 11 year non-scrutinized annual US foreign
aid to Palestinians has been counter-productive. It has not
moderated the Palestinian
Authority, has not averted PA anti-US hate education and incitement,
has not produced a compliant PA, has not stopped homicide bombing
(which have generated PA homicide-bombing family allowances)
and has not caused Abu Mazen to end PA terrorism and stop harboring
Hamas terrorists. Non-scrutinized US foreign aid to Palestinians
has – unintentionally – nurtured the largest terrorist
base in the Middle East, the Palestinian Authority.
1. 57% OF AMERICANS OPPOSE FOREIGN AID TO PALESTINIANS, according
to a February 2006 Gallup poll.
2. STOPPING FOREIGN AID TO PALESTINIANS WOULD NOT HARM INNOCENT
BYSTANDERS, because US foreign aid has never trickled down to
the Palestinian People. It is evidenced by PA corruption, human
rights violations, and by the increasing gap between the have
(PA officials and their network) and the have-not (most other
Palestinians). US foreign aid to Palestinian NGOs is fully-controlled
by the PA.
3. MOST PALESTINIANS ARE NOT INNOCENT BYSTANDERS. They identify
with Hamas terrorism, as evidenced by the outcome of the recent
PA election. At stake is not US foreign aid to a rogue regime,
but US foreign aid to a rogue society. The US did not extend
foreign aid to the innocent bystanders in Iraq and Afghanistan,
as long as they were ruled by a rogue regime and conducted themselves
as rogue societies.
4. "SUPPORT THE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS" WISHFUL
THINKING has been crashed by Mideast reality (PA and Hamas
since 1993. It has failed to moderate the Palestinian rogue society.
It has signaled to the PA that it could get away with – and be
rewarded for – murder. It has enhanced legitimacy of the rogue
PA, thus causing a setback to moderate Palestinians.
NON-SCRUTINIZED U.S. FOREIGN AID to the Palestinians facilitated – unintentionally – the
creation of the largest terrorist base in the Mideast, closely
aligned with Iran, Syria, pro-Saddam elements, Sudan, Russia,
China, North Korea and Cuba, a lethal threat to the pro-US Hashemite
regime. It has, thus, undermined the anti-terrorist posture of
the US, serving as a tailwind to anti-US terrorism. It has bolstered
the most oppressive and corrupt Arab regime, with the highest
per capita (in the world) internal security personnel. It has
constituted an incentive for a systematic and a brutal (yet unpunished)
violation of commitments, thus setting the region farther from
peace and closer to an all out war.
HAS ABU MAZEN’s PERFORMANCE COMPLIED WITH U.S. EXPECTATIONS?
Abu Mazen – whose nick name is "Mr. 20%" – has
provided a platform for Hamas indoctrination, recruitment, training
and terrorism. He is the architect of PA incitement (in PA schools,
mosques and media), depicting the US as a blood thirsty occupier
in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the engineer of PA’s ties with
Iran and Syria (his first two stops following his election in
2005) and the chief negotiator of a series of PA-Hamas understandings
since 1993. He has mentored PA hate-education, the manufacturing
line of homicide bombers, and has highlighted the "claim
of return", a code name for Israel’s destruction.
7. U.S. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS PERFORMANCE-BASED. Would the
US government extend loans, grants and subsidies to students
and farmers who repeatedly flunk school and spend government
subsidies on gambling?! Should the US be more lenient on Abu
Mazen than it has been on its own citizens?!
8. Sustaining foreign aid to the Palestinian authority – or
to Palestinian NGOs – would constitute disincentive for compliance
with commitments and for abandoning terrorism, at the expense
of peace and vital US interests.