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U.S. Will No Longer Subsidize PA Anti-Normalization Campaign Against Israel (US State Dept.)

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Sept. 28, 2018

  • U.S. Will No Longer Subsidize PA Anti-Normalization Campaign Against Israel
    Speaking to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee of international donors to the Palestinians on Thursday in New York, U.S. Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt said efforts to improve life for Palestinians in the West Bank “are constrained by Palestinian Authority leaders who refuse opportunities to build the economy due to an anti-normalization prejudice towards doing business with Israelis. Such policies only harm the Palestinian people, leave them further and further behind, and cost donor countries more and more money.”
    “The Trump administration has closely watched the PA leadership thwart economic improvement for Palestinians in the West Bank and directly challenged them to change their destructive policies or lose American support….Clearly, none of our financial assistance is getting Israelis and Palestinians closer to a solution.”
    “We must all ask ourselves why we should keep struggling to raise money when everyone can plainly see the Hamas regime and the PA are squandering the opportunities our money provides for a better future for Palestinians….The United States will not use the hard-earned tax dollars of its citizens to subsidize anti-normalization.”
    “We care about all Palestinians – those in the West Bank, those in Gaza, and those languishing in refugee camps who have been used as pawns in a political game, and who should have started new lives years ago. We will not continue to invest in temporary solutions that only prolong the cycle of suffering and violence.”  (U.S. State Department)
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