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  • Does U.S. Aid Subsidize Hamas Terrorism?

    Fox news analyst David Asman asked a provocative question in a recent blog post: Is President Obama funding terrorism by offering to provide $400 million of humanitarian aid to Hamas-controlled Gaza? The President made the offer in a meeting last week with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who lost authority in Gaza after a bloody Hamas coup in 2007. The aid package is aimed at improving living conditions in Gaza and strengthening the Palestinian Authority, which is open to negotiations with Israel, relative to Hamas, which refuses to recognize the Jewish state and remains explicitly committed to Israel’s destruction.

    The administration promises that none of the aid will be diverted for illicit purposes. Asman disagrees:

    But we’ve seen this movie before, many times. We know what happens when so-called “humanitarian aid” goes to areas controlled by terrorists. A good portion of the money always finds a way to Swiss bank accounts or to fund more terrorist activity. In the case of the late PLO chief Yasser Arafat, money meant for poor Palestinians went to his Swiss bank accounts and to other terrorists.

    In recent years U.S. aid for the Palestinians has become increasingly controversial due to the collapse of peace negotiations and continued Palestinian terrorism against Israel. The Heritage Foundation has argued in several publications that aid to the Palestinians ostensibly aimed at humanitarian purposes ends up subsidizing the brutal rule of Hamas in Gaza.

    Congress should closely examine the administration’s plans for Gaza aid and determine whether aid is really needed on such a huge scale. Congress also needs to take action to scrutinize the administration’s aid plans to make sure that there is absolutely no chance that funds provided by American taxpayers end up being pocketed by members of terrorist groups–a development that would violate section 301c of the Foreign Assistance Act. Both houses of Congress should hold hearings and exercise their oversight powers to make sure that all aid to the Palestinians is dispensed via closely vetted NGOs, not through corrupted U.N. bodies operating at cross-purposes with U.S. foreign policy goals.

    A lasting peace between Israeli and the Palestinians is possible only after Hamas has been defeated and its harsh ideology is discredited. Until then, providing aid to Gaza frees up Hamas funds that can be diverted to greater terrorist efforts and insulates the militant organization from the disastrous consequences of its own hostile policies.

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    4 Responses to Does U.S. Aid Subsidize Hamas Terrorism?

    1. West Texan says:

      May I suggest establishing a trust fund through Israel for Gaza's Palestinians. Make Hamas and Fatah depend on the Jewish state for overseeing Gaza's community improvement projects. Every dollar would be guaranteed to pay for legitimate enhancements.

    2. Ariely, Israel says:

      Hamas Islamist group was elected by Gaza people

      Believe it or not!!!

      The following points are from Hamas charter

      It may be verified on the following link:

      Hamas charter :http://www.mideastweb.org/hamas.htm

      Following extracts from Hamas Islamist charter:

      1: Peace &quiet would not be possible except under Islam

      2: Sharia goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force till the day of judgment

      (Historic background– Paris to Morocco, Vienna to Istanbul, Caucuses, India, Israel)

      3:The day of judgment will not come until Moslems kill the Jews. The trees will say O Moslem,t here is a Jew behind me, kill him


      Hamas are implementing their Islamite ideology both against Israel civilians and by enforcing Sharia low in Gaza.

      Pricing such movements is equivalent to the Chamberlain policy ahead WW2

      The Hamas Islamist charter is a direct threat to free people worldwide


      ***If willing !! Gaza people can choose a peace loving agenda and not the Islamist charter of Hamas

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