In a “tense” assembly with the Palestinian chief final week, the US congressional delegation unequivocally stated the brakes will stay on from furthering a Palestinian political resurgence, and the Trump-era insurance policies will stay in power, till Abbas’ nationwide coverage of ‘Pay-to-Slay-Jews’ ends.
By Israel As we speak Employees
There was concern in Israel, and expectation in Ramallah, that the election of US President Joe Biden would mark a way more conciliatory American method to the Palestinians than that of former President Donald Trump.
And certainly, Biden has signaled his intention to reengage the Palestinian management and put them again on extra equal footing with Israel regarding the Center East peace course of. Israelis nervous that this may gas a Palestinian political resurgence after being sidelined by Trump and thus upset different peace efforts within the area.
However earlier this month, a US congressional delegation made clear to the Palestinian Authority that it wouldn’t be getting a clean examine, nor would Washington abruptly flip a blind eye to its extra problematic insurance policies.
The ten members of Congress have been within the nation for a sequence of conferences and to rejoice the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day. A supply touring with the delegation instructed The Instances of Israel that the Congress members’ assembly with Palestinian chief Mahmoud Abbas was “tense at instances.”
One of many massive points on which the 2 sides “didn’t see eye-to-eye” was the Palestinian Authority’s continued coverage of paying beneficiant stipends to the households of Palestinians who have been both jailed or killed because of perpetrating terrorist assaults in opposition to Israelis.
Israel calls this coverage “pay-to-slay” and insists it’s a main encouragement for Palestinians to proceed partaking in violence in opposition to the Jewish state. Certainly, relying on the severity of the assault and the variety of victims, the month-to-month stipend paid out by the Palestinian Authority can equal or exceed the native common month-to-month earnings.
In 2018, Congress handed the Taylor Power Act proscribing monetary support to the Palestinian Authority as long as it makes these funds to the households of terrorists. The congressional delegation made clear to Abbas that this coverage wasn’t about to alter.
“We emphasised that such funds are fully and completely unacceptable,” stated Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) following the assembly with the Palestinian chief.
Abbas continued to defend “pay-to-slay” as a vital type of “welfare.” However when requested by the People if his regime equally pays stipends to the households of Palestinians who die of most cancers, he needed to admit that it didn’t. Abbas claimed that he intends to arrange such a welfare system.
One other level of rivalry concerned the Abraham Accords and Congress’ efforts to facilitate normalization between Israel and extra Arab states. Abbas insisted this could wait till after a ultimate standing settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.
However with such a prospect nonetheless seemingly out of attain, the congressmen instructed Abbas that they might proceed selling the Abraham Accords, which they harassed would additionally profit the Palestinians, if solely they’d assist “transfer it ahead, fairly than resist and maintain it again.”
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