Congressional leaders are looking at removing federal funding for the Palestinian Authority due to its unrelenting ties to terrorism against Americans and Israelis. Lawmakers met on Tuesday to discuss the measure, which reportedly has the blessing of the White House.
The White House signaled its support for the legislation in a vast departure from the Obama administration, which worked against similar efforts when in power.
A senior White House official familiar with the effort told the Free Beacon that the Trump administration welcomes this effort and will sign it into law if it passes Congress.
The Palestinian Authority’s use of its resources to provide material support for terrorism—indiscriminately targeted at American and Israeli civilians—is a grotesque example of how well-intentioned U.S. generosity can be turned against us,” a senior White House official told the Free Beacon.
The legislation seeks to force the Palestinian authority to cease its funding of terrorists by squeezing them financially. The bill is named the Taylor Force Act after an American who died in a terrorist attack by Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority receives about $300 million a year in aid from the United States, at least a portion of which goes to fund terror, according to the backers of this effort, which include Senators Roy Blunt (R., Mo.), Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), and Tom Cotton (R., Ark.).
Another Republican Senator, Ted Cruz, weighed in on the legislation, noting that the time was long overdue for Congress to address the problem.
“After eight years of the Obama administration, the U.S. must take long overdue action to hold the Palestinian leadership accountable for incentivizing and rewarding acts of terrorism,” Cruz told the Free Beacon. “Roughly $300 million annually is provided in monthly salaries and benefits to terrorists jailed in Israel, their families, and the families of those who died committing such horrific atrocities against Israeli and American citizens, including Taylor Force. Enough is enough. We must stand up for victims of Palestinian terrorism. No more U.S. taxpayer dollars should be provided until the Palestinian leadership stops engaging in this heinous practice. The incitement and glorification of terrorism must end.”
Hopefully, this legislation will do exactly what it sets out to do.