Obama ignores ban on Palestinian aid – again

With a stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama paved the way for more aid to the Palestinian Authority on Friday, waiving congressional restrictions on funding to the organization — again.

Hamas soldiers

Dollars for Hamas?

Citing the United States’ “national security interests,” the president signed an executive order providing $148 million to the Palestinian Authority. That is in addition to the $500 million Obama authorized just four months ago, also in apparent violation of congressional authority. At that time, Secretary of State John Kerry said he would like to see an additional $200 million go to the Palestinian group, according to The Washington Times.

“Some lawmakers oppose the aid, both because of sequestration budget cuts and the Palestinian Authority’s ties to the terrorist organization Hamas,” the Times reported.

A group of U.S. citizens filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal district court on Nov. 25, 2012, seeking an end to Palestinian Authority aid. The action challenges congressional restrictions on providing direct aid to the group.

Section 3 of the Palestinian Accountability Act provides in part, “No funds available to any United States Government department or agency to carry out the provisions of chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 for any fiscal year may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.”

The president’s memorandum reads as follows:

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

SUBJECT: Waiver of Restriction on Providing Funds to the Palestinian Authority

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 7040(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012 (Division I, Public Law 112-74) (the “Act”) as carried forward by the Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Division F, Public Law 113-6) (the “CR”), I hereby certify that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of section 7040(a) of the Act as carried forward by the CR, in order to provide funds appropriated to carry out chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended, to the Palestinian Authority.

You are directed to transmit this determination to the Congress, with a report pursuant to section 7040(d) of the Act as carried forward by the CR, and to publish this determination in the Federal Register.

An administration official referred to the $148 million in aid as, “the most immediate and efficient means of helping the PA maintain and build the foundations of a viable, peaceful Palestinian state.”

Think of that $148 million as Obama’s personal Ramadan gift to the Palestinian Authority.

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  • Jim McCormack

    We have a dictator, not a President. Can a President be held in Contempt if he ignores laws.

    • Jay Graham

      Not held in contempt but prosecuted for treason if someone in the Senate would just take action. He’s aiding our enemies with our tax dollars. It’s sad that this illegal alien who has overstayed his foreign student visa in violation of law could be allowed to run for the Presidency and then be allowed to continue in that office for a 2nd term. Nothing will stop him now from perpetually hold onto that same office in 2016.

      • Jim McCormack

        Only the senate can impeach and it requires 60 votes. (A super majority) Think we could get that in 2014 ?

        • Larry Mellette

          Only the House can impeach. The Senate has to acknowledge it or whatever they do. Clinton was impeached the Senate didn’t do it’s thing. If I am wrong please show me..

  • Sharon B

    John Boehner Speaker of the House, needs to start being a Speaker. He has the authority to create select committees. Why is he not laying a heavy hand on any of the scandals plagueing this WhiteHouse?
    The GOP House needs to step up to the plate and do the job they were elected to do.

    • Kenneth Clark

      We don’t need another useless committee. We need people standing up and demanding action on a consistant and regular basis.

      • Sharon B

        Apparently you do not understand what a SELECT Committee does. Look it up.

        • Kenneth Clark

          Definition of terms means nothing in Washington unless its “CYA”. They waste even more tax dollars to write a report that we might see in two to three years. We need immediate and and exacting action and we need it now. The only way to get the action we need to happen is if the Congress, both House and Senate, are brought to the realization that we the people do count and we demand they get off their self inflated, egotistical duffs and actually represent the people or we will get someone who will. Just look at the two in Colorado. The people had enough, stood up and these two, who thought they could ignore their bosses are being replaced.

  • Ron Gilbert

    Well at least they are showing proper weapons safety. No fingers on the triggers (unlike Feinstein).

  • Mary Kilbride

    He ignores America, he ignores the problems we have here which are plenty, he ignores those who are jobless and by he way…. did he EVER do a budget now that we are getting through this second term? He ignores Benghazi….they didn’t count for anything, he ignores the various REAL scandals that are going around. Do you know why? Because he is NOT the President! He does NOT want to serve this country and make it better. You can all stink and rot in hell as far as he is concerned and we all sit here and JUST TAKE IT! We do nothing about it and these measures were put into place on the formation of this country for just this day of an Obama…. I used to be reluctant to think some of these things about him were true…but no more. I believe he had no birth certificate and that he deliberately hid that, he then deliberately had one created when he deemed it the right time to present it… that was when Donald Trump had him backed up into a corner. Name any one of a myriad of scandals that surround this administration and you have this man that calls himself President of the United States, when he should not even BE in the United States. He did not earn or deserve the trust of the American People and he has no shame about it…no conscience about it..no morality, no soul..who knows what else we don’t know about him and how horrible it is. This that he is still doing in the face of the financial ruin in this country that he has really created with his spending on he Muslim world…. and he doesn’t care what you think! You out there with your Obama phones…. think that phone will carry you through what is happening today, to America? Think so? Those of you who lied and cheated during these last two elections…think Obama cares about you? Did you listen to his lies? Worse yet…are you STILL listening to his lies? This man is worse than a travesty…he is going to be the destruction of our once great Nation… Or he IS the destruction, or the destruction is already so in place, that it really is destroyed, we just haven’t seen the last chip fall. Good job America…but, we better do something about this…. some day… right? Not. We aren’t going to do anything and Obama knows that and he laughs at you.

  • Just wondering

    Its is amazing to me that he uses the constitution for executive order but if you look at his certification Polosi remove the part about the constitution.

  • CPQ121552

    ye it is not legal and he cannot do it without the congress and senate agreeing to it as he lacks both the power and authority to do it on his own so it means nothing at all

    • Kenneth Clark

      That is why his support of OUR ENEMY will go through. Until people really start screaming and demanding action by their Elected Congress folk, these spineless worms will do nothing. When they realize that the people require action and accountability they will act because they enjoy the cushy jobs we gave them.

  • Kenneth Clark

    Look in the United States Constitution and read the definition of Treason, then tell me what we have in the White House.

    Not certain what the punishment for Treason is these days but it used to be death…

  • toothlight

    AS a citizen of the UK, and being a Jew, I am VERY fearful of your President. Israel has no friend in the USA whilst he is in power.His deference to Muslim nations is putting the Jewish State in mortal danger.

  • Yitzchak Millman

    Who could he possibly be giving money to? It’s like the government giving money to Trujillo, Noriega…my mind is boggling as I cannot think of other corrupt despots that America historically buys off. But this??? There is no country here with these arabs…I mean palestinians, an absurd name if there ever was one as this was the derisive name given to this territory by the Romans in 2nd Temple times. Leave it to these desert dwellers to hop on that as if it was theirs all along. The best thing these people ever did was to attach themselves to Jewish people.

  • cabman86

    We need to pull an Egypt!