Obama’s final days in office were a disgrace.
But there was one action that stood above all others.
And it involved funneling taxpayer money to a group that supports terrorism.
In a stunning eleventh-hour move, the Obama Administration sent $221 million to the Palestinian Authority.
The move came just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
Members of Congress put a hold on the funds because of their concerns about the Palestinian Authority’s conduct – including supporting violence toward Israel.
Business Insider reported:
The money came from federal aid the US provides to the West Bank and Gaza, aid that totaled about $355 million in 2015. The sum released by Obama during his last hours in office had been held up by a group in Congress that included Reps. Ed Royce of California and Kay Granger of Texas.
“The easiest way to sum it up is that Congress had been looking at various behaviors from Palestine — unilateral attempts at statehood, corruption, incitement of violence, and paying salaries to people in jail for terrorism — and that’s why the hold has been there,” Dr. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told Business Insider.
Schanzer characterized the move by Obama as both shocking and “a strange message to send.”
“I was tracking President Obama’s 11th-hour moves on the Palestinians, and this issue never came up once … Most analysts and observers didn’t think Obama would or could do this,” Schanzer said.
The Obama Administration claimed the money was for “humanitarian aid.”
But this was false.
Business Insider also reported:
The Obama administration had been pressing for the release of the funds for some time, according to the Associated Press, which reported that a notification sent to Congress said the money came from the US Agency for International Development and was set to support humanitarian aid, political and security reforms, and “rule of law.”
The Palestinian Authority, which had been had been hurting for cash, used the money for “salaries unpaid and debts that are owed,” Schanzer said.
Schanzer, however, said the Palestinian Authority had done nothing to warrant this reversal on Obama’s part, characterizing activities such as corruption and incitement of violence as “ongoing.”
Using the money for salaries and unpaid debts likely means supporting the families of terrorists.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, the Palestinian Authority spends ten percent of its annual budget on sending money to jailed terrorists or the families of suicide bombers.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
The Palestinian Authority spends roughly 10 percent of its annual budget paying terrorists who attack Israelis and supporting their families, according to expert testimony to congressional lawmakers.
Yigal Carmon, the president and founder of the Middle East Media Research Institute, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority is investing $137.8 million this year in salaries to terrorists jailed in Israel and payments to the families of imprisoned terrorists or suicide bombers, in violated of the Oslo peace accords with Israel.
Upon taking office, Donald Trump immediately froze the transfer of funds.
But Obama shuffling taxpayer money to a group that supports terrorism was similar to when he included $150 billion in taxpayer money as part of the Iran nuclear deal.
Senator Ted Cruz blasted the decision and claimed it made Obama one of the world’s largest financiers of international terrorism.
The Palestinian Authority funds and supports terrorism.
By stuffing their bank account with $221 million in taxpayer funds, Obama was helping them continue their material support for Islamic terrorism.