Friday night news dump: Obama bypasses Congress, funds Palestinian Authority

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    Once again, Obama has done an end run around Congress. It would seem that Obama has forgotten that we have three branches of government.
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    President Barack Obama has signed a waiver to remove curbs on funding to the Palestinian Authority, declaring the aid to be “important to the security interests of the United States.”

    A $192 million aid package was frozen by the US Congress after the Palestinians moved to gain statehood at the United Nations last September.

    But in a memo sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, published by the White House, the president said it was appropriate to release funds to the authority, which administers the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    In signing the waiver, Obama instructed Clinton to inform Congress of the move, on the grounds that “waiving such prohibition is important to the national security interests of the United States.”

    Congress deliberately froze those funds, and not just because of the statehood demand through UNESCO. Hamas, a terrorist organization, reconciled with Fatah and has rejoined the PA, which means we’re putting almost $200 million into the hands of a terrorist organization. The language of the Palestinian Accountability Act could not be clearer: “[N]o funds available to any United States Government department or agency … may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.” Obama literally waived that statutory language off yesterday afternoon.
     
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    Who originally put the "curbs" in place?
     
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    Hussein hates him some Jooooooooossss.
     
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    Did it occur to you that Congress is responsible for allocating money not the Whitehouse? Once again, we see Obama trying to play king.
     
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    Ummmm, since we have a rather idiotic policy of bribing Israel's neighbors to play nice, you have to occassionally give then the bribe when they play nice.

    I'm all for cutting off all aid to all of them,including Israel, personally, we're broke.
     
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    Baksheesh (from Persian: بخشش* bakhshesh[1]) is a term used to describe tipping, charitable giving, and certain forms of political corruption and bribery in the Middle East and South Asia. Leo Deuel[who?] sardonically described baksheesh as "lavish remuneration and bribes, rudely demanded but ever so graciously accepted by the natives in return for little or no services rendered.
     
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    Obama's version of the Middle East clearly aims to install the Hamas Charter which vows to wipe Jews off the face of the earth.

    Man he hates Israel.
     
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    Incorrect.

    They just want to dismantle the terrorist state called Israel.

    The Jews can still live there; but not rule.
     
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