While Republican President-elect, Donald Trump likened the fight against Islamic terrorism to the Cold War and the battle against Nazism, funding terrorism to the Palestinian Authority who may align themselves with Hamas, will also be center stage when Trump takes office in January 2017.
The funding issue will focus on the Palestinian Authority (PA), in which the U.S. provides approximately $400 million annually to the Palestinian Authority, who may align themselves with the known and established terrorist organization, Hamas.
Patrick Dunleavy, Senior Fellow of the Investigative Project on Terrorism and currently teaches a class on terrorism for the United States Military Special Operations School, pointed out that support cannot continue legally if the PA unites with Hamas, unless two critical conditions are met.
In light of recent statements by Mahmoud Abbas, the current president of the Palestinian Authority, the 81-year-old Abbas, who has been president since 2005, is calling for unifying the Fatah party government with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. President Bill Clinton’s executive order first labeled Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization in 1995.
Hamas was included among terrorist groups whose “grave acts of violence … disrupt the Middle East peace process [and] constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”
The State Department followed that up by labeling Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997. Those actions make it prohibited by law for any U.S. citizen to provide material support, including currency, to the organization. That means that if you or I gave a dollar to them or their pseudo charities, we can go to prison.
The U.S. provides approximately $400 million annually to the Palestinian Authority (PA). That support cannot continue legally if the PA unites with Hamas, unless two critical conditions are met. First, Hamas would have to recognize “the Jewish state of Israel’s right to exist.” Second, just as crucial, Hamas must accept all previously negotiated Israeli-Palestinian agreements.
Having just gone through eight years of an administration that refused to use the term “radical Islamism”, when discussing terrorism, the U.S. must say “NO” to the Palestinian Authority/Hamas alliance.
Otherwise, we will find ourselves, the U.S. taxpayers, providing material support to a radical Islamic terrorist organization. Enough with the handouts. The buck stops here.
The Trump Administration, due to the fact that Islamic terrorist will not stop, must understand the critical nature of this possible alliance.
As recently as Tuesday, the House Homeland Security Committee’s December terror threat analysis indicates that the US is facing the biggest Islamic terror threat since 9/11 and the issue of a Palestinian Authority and Hamas alliance will increase the danger.
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