Obama’s $221 million parting gift to Palestine has been frozen by Trump’s State Department today, via WIN.
News broke Monday that President Obama signed a massive check for the Palestinian Authority the morning of Trump’s Inauguration—a “salt in the wound” moment for Israel, who was the subject of a UN resolution Obama refused to veto earlier this month.
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The State Department is reviewing the last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians.
Kerry formally notified Congress that State would release the money Friday morning, just hours before President Donald Trump took the oath of office.
The funds — supposedly intended for reconstruction in Gaza and good governance programs for the Palestinian Authority — were being blocked by at least two Republican lawmakers— Ed Royce (R-CA), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger (R-TX), who sits on the House Appropriations Committee — in response to Palestinian attempts to join international organizations, from which it intended to launch more international campaigns against Israel and before a peace deal with Israel.
This move by Obama falls in line with other actions he’s made in the past.
It was often made clear during his presidency that he strongly believed in sending financial aid to Palestine.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.