The Trump Administration confirmed reports that it would withhold $65 million from the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians.
According to Reuters, Trump made good on his promise to reduce aid to the U.N. and Palestinians on Tuesday, as the cut in aid was officially announced…
The cut of $65 million from the contribution was actually a compromise supported by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who found common ground between not changing the budget and eliminating the aid altogether, a position staked out by Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. ConservativeTribune
There has been exceptionally hostile rhetoric toward President Trump and the U.S. from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (now approaching the 14th year of his four-year term of office). Abbas delivered a speech to the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization that directs a curse at President Trump, insults two U.S. ambassadors, and denies that Israel has anything to do with Judaism.
For decades, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has been touted by American leaders as a moderate man of peace.
U.S. leaders from George W. Bush to Barack Obama, and from Condoleezza Rice to John Kerry, all insisted that Abbas is the Palestinian leader who will make an historic deal with Israel.
President Donald Trump has met three times with Abbas since taking office.
On Sunday night, Abbas showed them what he really thinks.
He cursed Trump saying that the U.S. President’s “house should be destroyed.”
He attacked U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in lurid, antisemitic language:
“U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is a settler who is opposed to the term ‘occupation.’ He is an offensive human being, and I will not agree to meet him anywhere. They requested that I meet him and I refused, not in Jerusalem, not in Amman, not in Washington.”
Abbas then threatened U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
“She [Haley] threatens to hit people who hurt Israel with the heel of her shoe, and we’ll respond the same way.”
He called Trump’s anticipated Middle East peace plan “a slap in the face,” and said, “we will slap back.”
Abbas declared “dead” the peace agreements he and his colleagues in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) signed with Israel for the Palestinians since 1993. He pledged to block any future U.S. involvement in peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel: “We will not accept American leadership of a political process involving negotiations.”
Abbas then turned his attention to Israel and the Jews.
“Israel,” he said “is a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews.”
“Europeans wanted to bring the Jews here to preserve their interests in the region. They asked Holland, which had the world’s largest fleet, to move the Jews,” he said.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that Abbas’s remarks harken back to “things that led him to be accused years ago of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.”
Abbas’s Ph.D. thesis, which he wrote for a Soviet university controlled by the KGB in the 1960s denied the Holocaust.
Over the past 25 years, the Western and Israeli leaders that have hailed Abbas as a moderate dismissed the significance of his doctorate – which he later published in Jordan as a best-selling book – saying it was a relic of the PLO’s former rejection of Israel’s right to exist.
The problem with Rivlin’s statement is that it ignores Abbas’s record.
Contrary to Rivlin’s view of Abbas’s racist assault on Jews as a throwback to an earlier time, antisemitic diatribes have been a consistent feature of Abbas’s public statements, whether he is speaking to Arab or Western audiences.
In a speech before the European Parliament in 2016, for instance, Abbas recycled the medieval blood libel that Jews poison the wells of Christians. That blood libel incited the death of thousands of Jews through the ages.
Speaking to European lawmakers, Abbas said, “Certain rabbis in Israel have said very clearly to their government that our water should be poisoned in order to have Palestinians killed.”
As for his Holocaust denial being a thing of the past, Abbas posted his doctoral thesis on his official website. His lies are taught as fact in Holocaust education in the Palestinian school system – which he controls.
Then there is his anti-Americanism.
Abbas controls every aspect of the Palestinian Authority (PA), including the rent-a-mobs.
Over the years, protesters have greeted every senior U.S. policymaker who has visited Abbas in Ramallah.
In 2013, 150 protesters demonstrated against then-president Barack Obama when he met with Abbas. In 2007, protesters who worked for Abbas’s government greeted then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with signs calling for Hezbollah to bomb America.
So in stark contrast to Rivlin’s statement, Abbas’s speech was not a throwback to a long ago time. It was a throwback to what he said yesterday, and the day before yesterday and the day before that, and what the Palestinian newspapers and television – which he controls — reported the day and week and month and year before that. Caroline Click – TruthRevolt