Biden Resumes Aid to Palestinians
- October 10, 2023
Mitchell Bard, JewishVirtual Library
Fulfilling a campaign promise to restore aid to the Palestinians cut off by President Trump, President Biden announced plans to provide the Palestinians with $290 million in assistance. The State Department insisted the allocation was consistent with U.S. law though some members of Congress said it violated the Taylor Force Act, which prohibits U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ends its pay-to-slay policy of providing stipends to terrorists in Israeli jails and the families of suicide bombers.
In 2023, the Washington Free Beacon obtained documents indicating that State Department officials were concerned that U.S. aid could help terrorist groups. “We assess there is a high risk Hamas could potentially derive indirect, unintentional benefit from U.S. assistance to Gaza. There is less but still, some risk U.S. assistance would benefit other designated groups,” the State Department wrote in the draft of a request for an exemption from laws barring the United States from sending funds into areas run by Palestinian terror groups circulated internally in March 2021.