Monday, January 15, 2018

Trump Threatens to Deal Another Blow to the Palestinian Cause

Reuters photo: Mohamad Torokman
By cutting off hundreds of millions in American aid to the Palestinian Authority, the president could radically alter the Middle East.
President Trump set off another Twitter firestorm last week when he hinted that he may be considering cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Trump was angered over Palestinian unwillingness to engage in peace talks with Israel after the Trump administration announced the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Given that the U.S. channels its Palestinian aid through third-party United Nations organizations, it’s unclear how much money Trump is talking about it. But in total it may exceed $700 million per year, according to reports.
A decade ago, the U.S. row with the Palestinian Authority would have been major news. But not now.
The entire Middle East has radically changed — and along with it the role and image of the Palestinians.
Read the rest from Victor Davis Hanson HERE.

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