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Want Peace? Use Taylor Force Act to Call Palestinians' Bluff

American Taylor Force, killed in Jaffa terrorist stabbing on March 8, 2016, was a student and a US Army vet (Photo: facebook)

The U.S. is promoting a bill, named after American terror victim Taylor Force, that would cut funding to the Palestinian Authority if that body does not stop financially supporting terrorists. Writing at JNS, Jonathan Tobin says this it the only way to peace - forcing the Palestinians to reject their culture of violence that keeps the conflict going indefinitely:

...those demanding a halt to aid to the PA are not merely venting their outrage at the Palestinians. They are also pointing the way toward the only possible path to peace.

The PA has spent more than $1.1 billion on salaries for terrorists and pensions for their families in just the last four years. In the next fiscal year, it will spend half of all the foreign aid they get on this effort. It has created a set of financial incentives that not only gives Palestinians a reason to commit terror, but emboldens their belief that only by committing a truly serious offense involving the shedding of blood, will they ensure that their families are provided with enough to live comfortably.

Those who rationalize the continuation of the aid point to the security cooperation that the PA offers to Israel as proof the Jewish state has a partner for peace. But while the cooperation has value, it has two main purposes: making sure Abbas’s Hamas rivals don’t gain a foothold in the disputed territories and ensuring the safety of the Fatah leadership against attacks from the Islamists. Thus, when the PA threatens to halt security cooperation, as it did during the recent controversy over the Temple Mount, the biggest potential loser from such an action would be Fatah, not just Israel...

That’s why it is imperative that the West force Abbas to choose between giving up power and giving up their gruesome terror-funding scheme. Far from obstructing the chances for peace, as some on the left claim, compelling the Palestinians to reject a culture of violence that ensures the conflict will continue indefinitely is the only hope for its resolution. No matter where your political sympathies lie, it’s time to realize that opposing the Taylor Force Act undermines any hope for peace.

Tags: US-Israel Relations , Palestinians , Terrorism

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