So long as the Palestinian authority provides assistance to terrorists and their families, why should we be sending them any aid whatsoever? Much money could be spent for far better purposes at home.
While these ideas would have been more influential if proposed while he was still Prime Minister, I applaud Tony Abbott for his timely comments amid a sea of anti- Israel sentiment.
“Tony Abbott wants foreign aid suspended to Palestinian Authority”, news.com, January 2, 2016:
FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott wants Australia to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority because “it keeps paying pensions to terrorists and their families”.
He made the call in an opinion piece published in The Spectator Magazine on Monday.
Australia’s aid program to Palestine is more than $40 million a year and is provided via United Nations agencies and some charity organisations.
The money goes towards projects to provide Palestinian refugees with basic services such as health, education, water and sanitation.
Last year, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade suspended aid to World Vision’s work in the Palestinian Territories in the wake of allegations the charity’s head in Gaza funnelled millions of dollars to militant group Hamas.
The organisation has denied the claims which are subject to court proceedings. Mr Abbott also flagged that Australia could demonstrate “unswerving support for Israel” by joining any move by the incoming Trump administration to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…