U.S. Ambassador to Israel: We've Thrown Billions To Palestinians, Peace Is Not a Millimeter Closer

September 14, 2018

 

On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke bluntly about the fruitless attempts to bring Palestinian Arabs to the peace table despite the billions of dollars the United States has given them.

 

Friedman stated:

Since 1994, the United States has thrown more than $10 billion in humanitarian aid to the Palestinians. … We found that these expenditures were bringing the region no closer to peace or stability, not even by a millimeter. To spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars to fund stipends to terrorists and their families, to expend funds to perpetuate rather than to mitigate refugee status, and to finance hate-filled textbooks – I ask you, how does that provide value to the United States or the region?

 

Friedman continued, “Make no mistake, the USA is a generous nation and we would truly love to invest in this region for the return on investment of peace and stability in Israel and a better quality of life for the Palestinians. Indeed, we continue to provide 40% of the funding for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR, in contrast to UNRWA, seeks to end statelessness, not deploy it as a political weapon.”

 

Friedman stated that the Trump Administration has slain “the sacred cow of the calcified thinking that has held back progress on the Palestinian front.”

 

Friedman noted the aggressive posture the Trump Administration has taken vis-a-vis Iran, remarking:

 

We are beginning to see encouraging signs that the Iranian enterprise – the world’s principal state sponsor of terrorism and an enemy that publicly vows to destroy Israel – is under extraordinary pressure. ... With every new day there’s a growing basis for optimism. The pressure on Iran will continue to mount, and I am confident that this enemy – the great challenge of our generation – will enter the dustbin of history among the other evildoers who have threatened the U.S. and Israel in the past.

 

As The Times of Israel noted, “Last Friday, the State Department said in a written statement on UNRWA that the United States ‘will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation.’ The U.S. had supplied nearly 30 percent of the total UNRWA budget, which provides health care, education, and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.”

 

This article originally featured on DailyWire.com

 

 

 

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