Bill to Stop US Funding to Palestinian Terrorists Stumbles

(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) A bill aimed at curbing Palestinian support for terrorism is experiencing a few stumbles in the U.S. Senate even though the basic thrust of the bill enjoys broad, bipartisan support.

Taylor Force

The Taylor Force Act, named after a U.S. Army veteran (and West Point graduate) who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist while on a civilian trip to Israel in March of 2016, would halt U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless the PA stops a program of its own that subsidizes terrorism.

The Palestinian program compensates terrorists convicted by Israeli courts and provides payments for family members of terrorists killed while attacking Israelis. The PA claims the terrorists are legitimate “combatants” – even though, by all reasonable definition, the deliberate murder of ordinary civilians is not “combat.”

The original bill, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), would eliminate all State Department aid to the Palestinian Authority unless the PA stops its program. The PA’s stipend to terrorists and their families amounts to some $300 million per year. U.S. assistance, mostly (but not all) in the guise of “humanitarian relief” to Gaza and the West Bank, reaches some $700 million annually.

The Jerusalem Post reports that some senators are concerned that the bill fails to include fairly standard “waiver” language allowing the president to keep the aid flowing if he officially determines it serves the interests of U.S. national security. The Trump administration has not offered comment on the bill.

“I would make an exception for the hospitals,” said Elliot Abrams, a strongly pro-Israel senior advisor to three former Republican presidents, in testimony Wednesday to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee explaining why certain humanitarian aid, but not direct payments to the PA, should continue. But Abrams expressly opposed giving waiver authority to the president, saying that Congress would just be punting the issue to the president “without actually having any impact on the Palestinian practice of paying terrorists for their acts.”

Even some Israeli generals oppose the Taylor Force Act (at least without significant changes), saying that it might undermine effective security arrangements between Israel and the PA – but others strongly disagree.

Committee chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also said he supports the bill as a whole, but questioned its “all of nothing” approach.

“Understanding how we effectively eliminate financial support for the PA by tailoring our assistance is a little harder,” he said.

Numerous news outlets reported senators indicating broad agreement with the overall bill, but with the expectations that some tweaks involving presidential waivers and humanitarian assistance would likely be included in the final law.

Still, some senators describe the bill as a moral imperative that requires a brighter-line stance.

Not one dime of U.S. taxpayer money should go to the Palestinian Authority so long as it rewards the families of terrorists,” said Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. “Taylor was the type of young man every parent hopes their son will be, and we should his honor his service and sacrifice by bringing this bill to the Senate floor for a vote and sending it to the President’s desk.”

Outside groups urged the Senate to pass the bill. A Christian-oriented education- and advocacy group called Liberty Counsel scathingly describes the Palestinian terrorist-subsidy program as “pay to slay.”

“It’s unconscionable,” said Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver, “that American taxpayer dollars are being used by the Palestinian Authority to brainwash young Palestinians to hate the Jewish people and to pay terrorists to ruthlessly murder Israelis and Americans.”

A prominent group called the Israeli-American Coalition for Action also has been pushing for the bill’s passage.

“This practice of incentivizing, glorifying, and rewarding terrorists serves as a major obstacle to advancing peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” it says on its web site. “We are looking forward to working, in a bi-partisan fashion, to advance this critical piece of legislation.”

So far, the government of Israel and the powerful American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) have both withheld comment on particulars of the bill.

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  • Thinkingman2025

    Defeat the idiots opposing this measure. NO TAXPAYER $$ to TERRORISTS NOT NOW, NOT EVER!

    • Kim Chul Soo

      Spot on.

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      • Garrett Auman

        YES !!! YES !!! YES !!! YES !!! YES !!!! GET THE PICTURE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • IluvmyUSA

      I totally agree 100%. Hundreds of millions of dollars intended for hospitals would never be received if given to the Palestine government. If they are Muslim/ Islam they are taught to lie to achieve their evil ends. Let’s pour our love on our American families where it’s need and can be accounted for. Let’s keep our hands free and clean of innocent bloodshed.

    • richjack4

      This demonstrates how useless these congressman are when they obviously cannot come up with a firm direction on something that is blatantly simple. We have no responsibility to the Palestinians for anything! Humanitarian issues are supposedly the UNs responsibility!

  • Vinnie S.

    The USA should not ever have any part in the funding of terrorism in any way shape or form no matter how well the act is disguised.
    I’m sure the money spent can be applied in a better direction for a much needed , more useful purpose !

    • Donovan Blaylock

      Like paying off our 20 trillion dollar debt. We are borrowing money to give away, how stupid is that.

      • taliesin319

        If we used the money given to these and other America haters including the UN and put it in an account administered by President Trump himself that wall would be paid in full and Terrorists and their supporters would pay for it.

    • Maxine Albritton

      congress would not let the wall be funded but this seemed to pass.

      • Jose Cisneros

        That is why we the people should be voting on what congress does

        • Maxine Albritton

          we actually did. when trump campaigned his thing to do or one of them was building the wall. we voted him in knowing full well that was his plan so that means we endcrsed that ideal of the wall. so by voting him in congress knows that is to be done. they are refusing it anyway , I heard somehow p. trump by passed them and figured out a way to finance it anyway. hopefully the article is correct and the wall is closer to being constructed.

      • Ribert Koonce

        Guess you didn’t pay attention to the DHS appropriations bill earlier this week. 1.6 billion alotted to the construction of the wall.

        • Maxine Albritton

          Is that the dept; 0f homeland security:? how did they get the money for the wall> I did not hear how the money came about only that it was said the wall was going to be built and have solar panels on it etc.

          • Ribert Koonce

            Yes ma’am, it was part of their budgetary appropriations bill. The article I read had the break down of all different places it was earmarked to be spent as well as the amounts for technology , agents , surveillance, and others.

      • nocbsfan

        Because it might make Israel unhappy. Demo’s don’t want to see happy Jews

        • Maxine Albritton

          I know of some jews that are democrats or at least vote that way and think they belong to such a sorry ideology or platform or policy as they have.

          • nocbsfan

            Guess it is hard to have an entire country that is 100 percent functional. Always some holdouts. Maxine that is a cute little puppy

  • Jon Blake

    How hard is it to stop funding terrorism? We need Term Limits in DC asap.

    • Maxine Albritton

      trump is for that but he is getting cornered every which way he turns.

      • Jon Blake

        Trump always succeed and he will on this

  • pevans1

    Another one of Fuhrer Buckwheat Hussein Sirpuzalot’s follies. HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL!

    • Ribert Koonce

      Nah, jail is too good for him. A nationally televised execution is what he deserves.

  • Brent

    What kind of insanity is this? Holding up the bill because it doesn’t allow money to flow for whatever misc. reason that will be exploited by some leftist. I’m continually amazed we still support terrorism. No means NO. It’s really simple stuff.

    • Forrest K. Wright

      those against this Bill needs to be voted out of office with NO retirement . this Country cannot support terrorism of any kind . that includes P P ??? .

  • Donovan Blaylock

    No money to any Country other than the USA. We cannot pay our own debt now. STOP all foreign AID. PERIOD.

    • Vinnie S.

      AMEN , Well Said !!

  • Maxine Albritton

    no wonder the US is broke. why are we paying terrorist to kill jews>? this needs to stop. this is ridiculous.

  • Maxine Albritton

    Was this another of obama’s cuties. He loved to subsidize terror groups. of course not with his money, taxpayers.

  • taliesin319

    These were the first people dancing in the streets yelling and celebrating the
    American lives lost minutes after they got the news of 9/11. Passed out candy to the kids the better to remember the happy day. From that point to this, not one red cent should have been given to them. Obama supplied his ever so generous teat for them using our resources. Let them ask him and his billionaire buddy to give them freebies
    At the rate Soros is going they will soon be calling him ” millionaire ”
    With Riff and Raff Obama traveling the world on his dime even he will be a good deal poorer.

  • Warren Blum

    Stop this tax payer money flow to these Muslim savages PERIOD. Not even an issue. I hate politicians.

    • stu magoo

      PA is not muslims. Arab nomads that yasser arafat made up the name PALESTINIAN and staked a false claim to Jerusalem.

  • 9400budlang8406

    We have tried to buy friends for years under the guise of humanitarian aid. With few acceptions we did nothing more than aid and arm the enemy. It seems we never learn. But, what the heck, it’s just another billion or two more of our tax dollars.

  • SammysDad

    When congressmen are supported by special interest groups, this is the kind of reaction we get. STOP ALL LOBBYING, NOW! Make our representatives make decisions based on commonsense and the Constitution.

    • Ribert Koonce

      Thanks for the best suggestion that I’ve heard since the last time I said it. These lobbyists are all com men, only interested in filling their own pockets. Mercenaries who sell us out to the highest bidder. Eliminate their jobs and get Congress back to thinking for themselves and for those who put them there, again , us. Better yet, make the job of lobbyist an intern position with no pay or benefits, and what all the crooks scramble like rats on a sinking ship. And while we’re at it, how about we take politicians right to vote for their own raises. How counterproductive is that? Sure would be nice if the rest of us could take a quick bite and tell the boss we got a raise without his knowledge or consent. Then we can return the government to what is meant to be, a part time job.

      • Chi Sam

        Con, stupid…not ‘com’. It’s derived from the term ‘confidence scheme’. How long have you been in our country?

  • stu magoo

    For Christ’s sake, why is there even a discussion about this? We should NOT be sending a frkn penny to a terrorist organization that instructs their children on TV about the best ways to stab a JEW! WE the people need to rise up and drag Congress out and take em behind the woodshed and just pummel their dumbasses if they send one dime to the PA. THIS FUNDING OF PA IS UNACCEPTABLE CONGRESS!!! GOT IT YOU FRKN MORONS?!

  • Jose Cisneros

    This is a no brainer, no funding to terrorist. WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR POLITICIANS.

  • paul b ahern

    We should stop ALL monies from us, the taxpayers, to the Palestinians. Why have we been giving them any money in the past ? Isn’t that a good question considering that our country is bankrupt ? You don’t give away what you don’t have especially to terrorist organizations. Really, this is common sense. I can’t fathom out why we do this buying of loyalty from those countries that hate us and ALWAYS vote against the U.S. in the United Nations. Crazy.

    • Ribert Koonce

      It’s not just that giving away what we don’t have him. We’re borrowingit from China. That’s the stupid thing, not to mention, criminal thing. These politicians think they can buy loyalty, again stupid, somebody always a little more money than you, then that high prices loyalty turns on you and bites you in the backside.

      • Chi Sam

        Jesus Christ. Embrace English…or find a pastime you are good at.

  • IluvmyUSA

    PPH ($500 mil, Palestine government($700 mil, Mexico’s allowance( $250 mil= border wall built plus savings of hundreds of millions. Makes me wanna take a baseball bat to the heads of our government officials so as to give them some encouragement into fruitful thinking of putting America first.

  • Louie Rey

    And this makes sense why? WTF is wrong with people? Let’s see if I’ve got this straight, terrorism, which is the scourge of the 21st Century, is being funded by the good guys? Really? And a bill that would put a stop, or at least the brakes, on this monstrosity is having trouble being enacted? Okay, I get it. It’s all a big joke. Well, ha ha. Now let’s get the d****d thing STOPPED!

  • Gregg Parker

    Why is this hard? This is a no brainer! Give some Senate committee over site of what is an exception and be done with it. These people are unbelievably caught in a circle jerk!

  • Rolpho Signetti

    Give Israel anything they need to defeat these people! Support our friends, whomever they are. To H with our enemies! And yes… it is that simple!

  • Snakeman

    How about this……..

    Why don’t we stop ALL foreign aid. How many Billions of dollars would that save? Then if there is a disaster somewhere and we want to help out, that’s fine.

  • Shane Conway

    Why are people surprised at us giving the PLO money? We have been doing this for years. Our so-called conservatives are way behind. Congress should have put a stop to subsidizing the palistinians back in the 1970’s. And who were the traitors who legislated such subsidies?

    • Maxine Albritton

      good question siri said Nixon was president from sixty nine to seventy four.. I cannot imagine him doing that.?

  • richjack4

    Another example of how truly useless congressman from both sides are when they have something that is so blatantly simple yet they turn it into a fiasco!

  • Yarbles

    Yet another example of our Globalist centric ‘One Party System’.

  • Howlingmad

    Why were even “Involved” with these fools at all . . . simply ESCAPES ME !.

  • Harry Pearson

    This should not require a bill to stop funding, just STOP FUNDING THEM! Jeez, how many people keep paying for someone to smack them in the face???

  • Almay

    Why are we giving anything including money to non American countries. They don’t give us a cent and yet our congress gives taxpayer money to so many groups with a debt of over 20 trillion dollars. What person with common sense would give some else money when they have a debt far greater than their cash flow to pay off the debt. There is not one country that we give millions to that likes the US but they will take our money.

  • ja ko

    we should continue Obama’s legacy and keep sponsoring, supporting terrorism (sarcasm)

  • Carolann Enkhaus

    I oppose my taxes funding palestine which is just a terrorist safe haven!

  • Erik V Johnson

    This Should of Been Done 30 yrs Ago !!!