Missing deadlines is never good . . . especially when the law demands action by a date certain. Just ask Americans who file late with the IRS.
But that standard seems not to apply at the U.S. State Department. The Taylor Force Act required the State Department to report to Congress by May 22 what U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority it will nix because of PA funding to terrorists. Yet that deadline came and went . . . with no report and no action.
And that makes me wonder why. Is it because of "deep state" actors inside the State Department who don't want to see aid cut to the Palestinian Authority?
+ + The State Department has an anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian history.
- Members of the State Department counseled President Harry Truman against statehood for Israel in 1947-48.
- For 10 consecutive years, including last year, the State Department's annual "Country Reports on Terrorism" blamed Israel for Palestinian violence, saying settlements and Palestinian "lack of hope" caused Palestinian attacks on Israel.
- Last year's report praised Palestinian leaders while ignoring the Palestinian Authority's "Pay to Slay" policy. Their so-called "findings" are a blatant whitewashing of the Palestinian Authority's incitement to violence.
What is true is that the Palestinian Authority is a terror-sponsoring entity with one goal: Israel's eradication. Their "Pay-to-Slay" policy is mandated by their own law and specific budgetary allocations.
Obviously, we don't know the entire inner workings of the State Department, but we do know there is a delay in following the law and holding the Palestinian Authority accountable. That's why we are calling on the State Department to follow the law.
+ + "Pay-to-Slay" must be stopped!
In a recent Washington Examiner report, Middle East experts Sander Gerber and Yossi Kuperwasser exposed the depth of the Palestinian "Pay-to-Slay" policy.
"A five-year prison sentence for men convicted of terrorism-related charges in Israeli courts, and a two-year sentence for women, earn a lifetime annuity. Right now there are 6,500 such prisoners...
[A] simple examination of the facts -- for example the PA's institutional commitment to sponsoring terror against Israel; the PA's annual budget; the media reports; open statements by PA officials -- shows that the PA sponsors terrorism to the tune of about $360 million per year -- more than 7 percent of its entire budget and 45 percent of the foreign aid it expects to receive in 2018."
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