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September 28, 2016 8:20 am

Veteran Republican Senator Lindsey Graham: Peace Won’t Come Until Palestinian Authority Stops Incentivizing Terrorism

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Two Republican senators will introduce legislation on Wednesday that would cut off US funding to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their families, The Algemeiner has learned.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — who will be holding a press conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning with Senator Dan Coats of Indiana to announce the bill — told The Algemeiner on Tuesday that he was “hoping to start a debate that is long overdue.”

“We’ve got to go ahead and put sunlight on this problem,” Graham said. “The PA incentivizes young Palestinians to commit acts of terror…I hope Congress will understand that this is inconsistent with the two-state solution and that we’ll build support [for the legislation] over time.”

Furthermore, the senator said, “there has to come a point of awakening here within Palestinian society. I want the Palestinians to make a decision as to what kind of people they are going to be. I know they’ve got problems, I’ve met [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas many times. I know Hamas is an out and out terrorist organization and the PA has a fairly good working relationship with the Israelis when it comes to security, but we’ve got to cross this bridge…American dollars are going to a government that literally rewards people for killing their neighbors. And until we get that addressed, I don’t think the peace process will ever move forward.”

Graham and Coats will be joined at Wednesday’s press conference by Stuart and Robbi Force — the parents of Taylor Force, who was the 28-year-old West Point graduate murdered in a stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv in March.

Taylor Force, who was murdered in a Palestinian stabbing attack in Tel Aviv in March 2016. Photo: Facebook.

Taylor Force, who was murdered in a Palestinian stabbing attack in Tel Aviv in March 2016. Photo: Facebook.

Graham called Force’s death “the straw that broke the camel’s back” in terms of pushing him to move ahead with the legislation. Force’s parents live in South Carolina.

Coats told The Algemeiner in an interview earlier this month that the PA’s use of American taxpayer dollars to pay monetary rewards for terrorist acts was “morally repugnant and must be stopped.”

Graham said that he did not think the Obama administration would back the legislation because “they have been pathetically weak when it comes to all things related to terror.” But, Graham pointed out, the administration “will be leaving soon.”

“I know that Donald Trump supports this concept,” Graham said. “And we’ll see where Hillary Clinton is at. But I think there is growing bipartisan sentiment in the Congress — and in the Senate in particular – that the time has come to push back [against the PA].”

Graham also spoke with The Algemeiner on Tuesday about the new $38 billion ten-year memorandum of understanding on US military aid to Israel that was recently signed. The senator has been an outspoken critic of the MOU and he did not let up on Tuesday.

“Quite frankly, to flood the Iranians with $150 billion in sanctions relief that’s going into their military while nickel-and-diming Israel is not exactly the signal I want to send,” Graham said. “The threats to Israel are going up exponentially. And the Iranians are destabilizing the entire region. The more Iran threatens Israel, the more I want to help Israel…I will be aggressive in supporting Israel to let the Iranians know that America is not abandoning the region.”

Graham said there were a number of steps Congress could take to amend the MOU.

“I increased the MOU amount this year from 3.1 to 3.4 billion in my markup with complete bipartisan support,” he said. “I think a $300 million increase is warranted given the threats Israel faces from Iran and Hezbollah. We increased the MOU amount for Jordan two of the last three years and nobody said a thing. Now the administration is going crazy because I dared to increase the MOU amount.”

Graham vowed to “not let the MOU become a binding document on Congress.”

“That would destroy the separation of powers,” Graham said. “We’ll make our own decisions about the aid.”

Referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Graham said, “I like Bibi, I think he’s a good leader. However, quite frankly, from my point of view he left money on the table. But it’s his job to do the MOU and it’s my job to represent the Congress and have an independent voice in the matter.”

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  • YJ Draiman

    Two-state solution was implemented in 1922 when British administration of occupied Israel allocated in violation of international treaty and agreements more than 77% of Israel territory to Arab Palestinian Muslims and created Transjordan (now Jordan), they expelled the Jews and confiscated their property and to this day do not allow Jews to live in Jordan or own property.. Therefore, all so called Arab “Palestinians” must be relocated there in compliance with the 1920 UN Resolution. It is enough stealing Israel Jewish land. Britain and Jordan must compensate Israel for stolen land, property and natural resources. Ref: Jewish legal rights to Judea and Samaria By prominent International Law specialist Ted Belman | 12/08/09 | 06:19 AM EDT |

    Has Abbas or his people ever lived up to their promises or agreements, the answer is no.
    What has changed, why Israel should trust them now? They teach their children hate, commit terror and violence and declare that they want to destroy Israel.
    A real peace will be an economic boost to all the people in the region. It will create an economy that the rest of the world would envy. In recent years Israel has discovered vast amounts of Natural Gas and Oil, the blackmail by the Arab Oil producing nations is diminished. The United States and many other countries are discovering and developing new sources of Natural Gas and Oil; it will enhance the Energy independence of those countries and boost economic development.
    YJ Draiman

  • YJ Draiman

    Jerusalem the Eternal Capital of the Jewish People
    The Jews have only Jerusalem, and only the Jews have made it their capital.
    That is why it has so much deeper a meaning for them (the Jews) than for anybody else.
    Jerusalem throughout its long and turbulent history, Jerusalem, more than any other city, has evoked the emotions, aspirations, yearnings and religious fervor of civilized Jewish mankind. Yet this homage of the world cannot overshadow the consuming and single-minded passion of one particular attachment: that of the Jewish people. For that people, as no other, Jerusalem is not just its one and only religious centre and source of spiritual life; from time immemorial it has been and, still is, the very heart and core of the people – the tangible embodiment of its nationhood, the lodestar in its wanderings, the theme of its prayers each day, the fulfillment of its dreams for the Return unto Zion and indeed the cornerstone of its continuity.
    Many thousand of years ago, it was in Jerusalem that the priests would offer up daily sacrifices in the Temple on Mount Moriah. It was there in the Temple that the Sanhedrin, the great court of 71 Jewish sages, would sit in judgment. And three times a year on the harvest holy-days of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles, the entire Jewish nation would make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It is in the direction of Jerusalem that Jews face when they pray three times daily.
    The Jewish prayers themselves contain numerous references to Jerusalem and Zion. In the Amidah, the Silent Devotion, God is praised as the Builder of Jerusalem. In many other places the prayers echo the messianic belief that God will restore the Jewish people to His holy city. On Passover and the Day of Atonement Jews conclude services with the fervent hope: “Next year may we be in Jerusalem!”
    The Jewish connection to Jerusalem harks back to Biblical times. Jacob, encountering the site where the Temple would stand centuries later said: “How awe-inspiring is this place! It is the House of God! It is the gate to heaven!” (Gen. 28:17). Jerusalem was “the site that the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes, as a place established in His name. It is there that you shall go to seek His presence” (Deut. 12:3).
    Jerusalem began to fulfill the function of a spiritual and national capital when King David conquered the city in the 10th century BCE. He made it his seat of judgment and brought the Ark of the Covenant to rest there. It was also David who conceived the idea of building a permanent house of God, a Temple, a plan eventually fulfilled by his son Solomon. DESTRUCTION & REBIRTH The story of the Jewish people and Jerusalem has been one of exile, destruction and rebirth.
    Jerusalem in its over 3000 years of history the city was destroyed 17 times and 18 times reborn.
    There always remained a Jewish presence in the city of Jerusalem, and the Jewish people as a whole celebrate holidays and fast days about Jerusalem, Jewish people always dreamt and prayed three times a day of returning en mass to Jerusalem and rebuilding their city with the holy Temple and the land of Israel.
    When the Babylonians destroyed the city in 586 BCE, the Jewish exiles pledged that they would never forget their beloved Jerusalem: “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, and we wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in its midst we hanged up our harps. For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, and our tormentors asked of us in mirth: ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’ How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy” (Psalms 137:1-6).
    The Jewish exiles did not forget their beloved city of Jerusalem. They were to return there and rebuild the Temple under the guidance of Ezra and Nehemiah. When the Seleucids took control over the Land of Israel and placed Greek idols in the Temple, the Jewish Maccabees revolted. They succeeded in recapturing Jerusalem and re-dedicating the Temple in 165 BCE. The Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 CE. When the Emperor Hadrian began planning to replace it with a shrine to Jupiter, a Jewish revolt known as the Bar Kochba Rebellion broke out.
    For the last 2000 years, on the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, Jews everywhere have commemorated the destruction of their city and Temple with a 25-hour fast. They sit on low stools in their synagogues and recite Jeremiah’s Lamentations. They recite elegies for the city which is “scorned without her glory”.
    During the periods of exile Jews throughout the world would be linked as they prayed together in their Hebrew tongue all facing in the same direction, maintaining their affinity with their eternal Jerusalem. Today Jerusalem flourishes once again as the heart and soul of Judaism. It boasts a full range of rebuilt and new synagogues, Talmudic academies and institutes of Jewish research. It is home to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel which administers the life cycle events of the nation’s Jewish citizens. All varieties of Judaism are represented there. Nowhere else is the spiritual element of the Jewish people so visible as in this “place that the Lord has chosen”.
    Jerusalem the Jewish NATIONAL CAPITAL; Jerusalem was never the capital city of any of its conquerors.

  • The PLO has always been a terrorist organization. American aid is diverted from humanitarian programs to pay PLO terrorists and their families for murdering Jews. Congress must cutoff all funding to the PLO, due to its incitement to murder Jews.

  • watsa46

    Wrong! When Islam reforms! And El-Sissi is working on that!