Weiner: Don’t Reward Palestinian Terrorists
The House of Representatives recently defeated legislation authored by Representative Anthony Weiner to block President Bush’s request for $200 million in direct aid to the Palestinians. Weiner issued the following statement:
“Time and time again the U.S. government has sent millions of dollars to the Palestinians with the hope that peace in the Middle East would succeed. “After Oslo, Wye, and Camp David, the Palestinian leadership promised to end the violence being waged by Palestinian terrorists against Israeli civilians.
“But in the last 4 years Palestinian terrorists have killed more than 1,000 Israeli civilians while even while the U.S. has sent $612 million in aid.
“If we are to measure the success of our policy of sending millions of dollars to the Palestinians by the result, then the policy is a clear failure. It is time for a change.
“No more aid should be sent to the West Bank and Gaza until the new Palestinian leadership proves willing and able to stop the violence against Israel. Until then I will continue to fight the current U.S. financial aid policy.” The Weiner amendment came to the House Floor this week as part of the Emergency Supplemental War Time Appropriations Act.
Earlier this month, Weiner joined by 6 other Members of Congress, proposed legislation that requires Palestinian leadership to rebuke violence, and take all actions to end terrorism before any more U.S. dollars are sent.