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September 13, 2016 3:00 pm

US Senator: Palestinian Authority’s Use of American Tax Dollars to Fund Terrorists ‘Morally Repugnant, Must Be Stopped’ (INTERVIEW)

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Republican Senator Dan Coats of Indiana. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Republican Senator Dan Coats of Indiana. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Palestinian Authority’s use of American taxpayer dollars to fund terrorists and their families is “morally repugnant and must be stopped,” a US senator told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.

“To provoke, reward and incentivize terrorist acts through financial rewards is one of the most outrageous things I’ve ever come across,” Republican Senator Dan Coats of Indiana said.

In an effort to halt the phenomenon of Palestinian terrorists jailed in Israeli prisons and family members of so-called “martyrs” receiving American money via the PA, Coats is seeking to add a provision to the 2017 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act that would restrict funding to the “Palestinian Authority, the Palestine Liberation Organization and any successor or affiliated organizations,” the senator told The Algemeiner.

Such expansive language is necessary, the senator said, because of trickery the PA has engaged in since a past attempt by Congress to limit the aid it receives from the US over similar concerns.

“We learned that the PA was playing a shell game and moving money to the PLO,” Coats said.

Coats — a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — stated, “We are pushing on all cylinders here to expose this and get my colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives aware of what is going on here. And we are pushing the State Department and the administration, including the president, to take direct action. All hands are on deck and it needs to be done now, because we’ve learned tragically that this kind of thing is resulting in the deaths of Israelis and this will continue until we stop it.”

According to Coats, fear about the stability of the PA — led from Ramallah by President Mahmoud Abbas — has prevented US action on this matter in the past.

“The narrative has been, ‘Let’s not stir the pot. Let’s not stir up the conflict between Israel and the PA any more than it already is. Abbas is hanging on by a shoestring. Chaos could take place if they don’t get the aid.’ But there comes a point in time when that risk has to be taken…To me, there is no rational reason or excuse not to take direct action on this, even if chaos ensues with the PA, which is chaotic already,” Coats said.

Coats named Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Republican Congressman Ed Royce of California as partners in the bid to get the new provision passed into law. “It has been a team effort,” Coats said. “We think we’re making real progress, but I’m just concerned every day that I’m going to pick up the paper or hear the news in the morning that there has been yet another attack in Israel. The gravity of the situation means that a number of us are just going to put our hearts and souls into this to try to get this done, sooner rather than later.”

Furthermore, Coats — who served as US ambassador to Germany between 2001 and 2005 — expressed hope that “other nations will see that we’re taking the lead on this.” Recently, Coats noted, a German parliamentarian raised the issue at the Bundestag.

In January, Coats, 73, will be retiring after a long political career that saw him serve in both the Senate and House of Representatives. Asked whether Israel can rely on Congress no matter who sits in the White House, Coats said, “Yes, because of its incredible story…Israel is our only totally reliable ally in the Middle East and it is critical to the US, both strategically and morally.”

Watch a video of Senator Coats discussing his proposed provision below:

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  • This shell game has been going on for over 50 years and the American tax payer has been duped all those years with American money funding terrorists and killers.

  • Stop all aid to all pals, they are the enemy of America and of Israel and are pals are the original terrorists!

  • Reform School

    “Special Order Speeches” like this one are recorded in an empty chamber (notice the echo?) to be replayed for the voters back home at election time. Better are fewer words to a packed house (or Senate) near the beginning of a term, rather than the end. President Obama has been doing this for eight years. It’s not new. Are all us voters stupid?

  • Nelson marans

    Unbiervable that our tax-payers dollars are used to support terrorism. The PLO. Immediate action is. Required by congriessto stop this. Disgrace.

  • Perhaps in the future victims of terror will have to pay the costs of the killers as this would be the “politically correct thing to do? would it not? Oh!! just wait a moment! This is what the USA does already as they reward the terrorists with USA taxpayers money. Re direct that money to the victims would be a better course of action but that would not please Obama and his Demcrazies.??

  • Bertha

    Yes well, Senator Coats — “Israel” didn’t move in and spread out in your neck of the woods, did they? How dare yu call Palis terrorists when they are simply defending themselves? You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    What in the world has taken such intelligent, well-informed men and women in Congress to finally reach the conclusion that the PA is corrupt and grossly abusing American money? This fact should have been reached a very long time ago! In the meantime, thousands of Israelis have been murdered by weapons paid for by American and European monies. How so very sad!

  • Jonah

    I like this senator I hope it’s not to little to late. The democrats will probably block it. Israel is not only the best Ally America has we are joined at the hip and neck with God. God founded America with the premise we would protect and defend Israel and wayward Jews. Israel and Jews are the sole reason for americas existence. Unfortunately the liberal Jews are similar to the Jesuates. The Jesuates are destroying Rome and the true Catholic Church just as the liberal Jews are accommodating the destruction of Israel and are ruining the reputation of Jews in general with Christian denominations. Israel is Israel, Gods city and Gods people. As a growing Christian Netanyahu has always been held in high esteem with all the family’s of true Christians. Israel and its couragou generals its past legendary leaders are in every ring of the growth of the Christian tree, in our bone marrow, granitized and our compassion and love for Israel is indestructible. That’s why Obama is working feverously to destroy America his use of Hillary for that same purpose has caused her to go crazy she now has a reprobate mind.