No sooner do I finish my post about President Obama and Israel than I learn, via Andy McCarthy, that Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority. This despite Congress’s freeze on PA funding.
The administration claims it is pouring in the funds to ensure “the continued viability of the moderate PA government.” It also claims that the PA has fulfilled all its major obligations, such as recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and accepting the Road Map for Peace.”
The latter claim is as laughable as the administration’s assertion that the PA is “moderate.” McCarthy points out:
[T]he very immoderate PA has reneged on all its commitments. In addition to violating its obligations by unilaterally declaring statehood, the PA has also agreed to form a unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization that is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The PA continues to endorse terrorism against Israel as “resistance.” Moreover, the PA most certainly does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Back in November, for example, Adil Sadeq, a PA official writing in the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, declared that Israelis “have a common mistake, or misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist. They ignore the fact that this state, based on a fabricated [Zionist] enterprise, never had any shred of a right to exist. . . .”
Throughout his time in office, Obama has demonstrated to the PA that he will reward its bad behavior. If the “peace process” were not a joke to begin with, Obama’s policy would ensure that it is so.