Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wasted no time taking shots at U.S. President Donald Trump when he arrived in New York to attend the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. Abbas called Trump “biased” towards Israel and that his decisions have been “destructive to the peace process.”
Abbas noted that three moves by the Trump administration have been particularly harmful to peace negotiations, namely; the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and halting US financial aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
As such, the PA president announced that the Palestinian boycott of the U.S. administration will continue until Trump decides to change his policies towards the Palestinian people.
Abbas also rejected once again Israel’s demand for him to stop paying salaries to the families of terrorists who are either killed or who are incarcerated for acts of terrorism.
“We won’t deduct one penny from the salaries of our prisoners, martyrs and the injured,” he said.
After the murder and rape of Israeli Ori Ansbacher in February by a Palestinian terrorist, the Israeli government passed a law that deducts monies given to the PA that equals the amount used by them to pay terrorists and their families for carrying out terrorist attacks.
Israel collects taxes from her citizens to be given to the Palestinians for economical purposes. The money used for this nefarious purpose that comes out to roughly 10 million Euros per month. Since the law passed in February, the PA has not taken any money from Israel in protest, and Abbas has been adamant by saying that he will not take anything until that 10 million is reinstated.