Aid to the Palestinians Is Counterproductive to Peace

President Trump has suggested that the U.S. start cutting aid to the Palestinians because of their reluctance to negotiate in good faith for peace with Israel.  Like the mouse that roared, Palestinian officials are acting with outrage at the president's tweets.  They seem to feel that they have a God-given right to U.S. taxpayer money.  To scope out the situation, we first need to look at how much aid (welfare) is involved.  The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has a budget of approximately $1.23 billion of which $355 million comes from Uncle Sam.  From that, about $95 million goes to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.  On top of that, America also sends $290 million to the Palestinians through the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Since 1994, this has come to approximately $5.2 billion. UNRWA claims that nearly 20% of its budget goes toward education.  This might seem like a lofty goal, but one...(Read Full Article)

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