by John Galt
January 23, 2017 19:20 ET
Ex-President Obama decided during his final hours as leader of the United States that his bitter fight with the Jewish state could not conclude unless he could stab them in the back one more time. So what does he do? Obama released $221 million in allocated but supposedly frozen funds to the Palestinian Authority which was on Congressional hold due to the terrorist groups refusal to come to the negotiating table to find peace with Israel.
A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for UN organizations, the congressional aides said. The aides and the State Department official weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.
Congress had initially approved the Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, but at least two GOP lawmakers — Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee — had placed holds on it over moves the Palestinian Authority had taken to seek membership in international organizations.
Even though the holds are not legally binding, the President has always respected them in the past. By acting in this manner Obama now leads the pact in defying past precedents for Presidential behavior that would be considered “outrageous” only second, and a close one at that, to Richard M. Nixon.
Thankfully the scourge is gone. Now it is up to the Trump administration to cut off all funds to the PA and Hamas, Iran, and any Wahhabi group in the U.S. or around the world. It is time to quit supporting terrorism be it active groups or masked as an “educational or religious resource” as used by many of these evil groups.