Financial aid is wasted on corrupt Palestinian Authority

Support for Palestinian Authority should be terminated

“The greater the number of fatalities among our people, the more attention they get from the free and good people in the world, and the world gives them large quantities of aid each time the pictures of destruction in our land are published worldwide.”

  • Reprinted from Daily Alert, February 18, 2021
  • The Truth about Financial Aid to the Palestinian Authority – Lt.-Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    Muhammad Aref Massad, a former terrorist who is now a candidate in the upcoming PA presidential elections, recently wrote about the PA’s misuse of international aid: “I was recruited to the terror organizations when I was 13, and I fought boldly against the Israeli side, but to my sorrow I discovered that the Palestinian leaders do not want freedom and do not want peace because they profit from the war and destruction in which we are engulfed.”
    “The greater the number of fatalities among our people, the more attention they get from the free and good people in the world, and the world gives them large quantities of aid each time the pictures of destruction in our land are published worldwide.”
    “If you really want the killing, the destruction, and the siege of the Palestinian people to stop, if you really want the injustice and the poverty of the Palestinian people to come to an end, please terminate your support for the Palestinian Authority, which is run by a corrupt and unelected dictator.”
    In the past, donor states have at times sought to circumvent the PA, opting instead to finance specific projects. This idea failed because of the mahsubiya method practiced in the PA: a contractor who gets foreign funding for projects transfers part of the money to the “right people” in the PA.
    The writer, a senior research associate at the BESA Center, served for 25 years in IDF military intelligence. (BESA Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University)

 

  • Will Restoring U.S. Aid to the Palestinians Bring Peace? – Bassam Tawil
    Ignoring rampant corruption in the Palestinian Authority, the U.S. says it is preparing to resume unconditional financial aid to the Palestinians. Yet the assumption that renewed financial aid would lead the Palestinian leadership to make “concessions” has proven to be completely baseless over the past three decades. Anyone who thinks that the Palestinian leadership would make real “concessions” to Israel in return for hundreds of millions of dollars is living under an illusion.
    Since the signing of the Oslo Accord between Israel and the PLO in 1993, the Palestinians have received billions of dollars in international aid. Did the money change the Palestinians’ position on crucial issues? No. Last year, the Palestinians rejected President Trump’s $50 billion Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to improve the Palestinian and Arab state economies. (Gatestone Institute)
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