Aid recipient to U.S.: Keep your money

By Bob Unruh

Israeli police run during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians at the Temple Mount

Israeli police run during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians at the Temple Mount

When the United Nations condemned President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.S. responded by cutting $285 million of its funding for the international organization.

Now, the Palestinian Authority, amid the international community’s belligerence over Trump’s decision to allow a 20-year old law to take effect, is suggesting the U.S. should just keep the $600 million it contributes annually to the Palestinians.

“You aid us for your interest, and out of your interests and calculations. So stop this aid,” declared Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the adviser to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas on religious and Islamic affairs.

Habbash, a Shariah judge, was speaking on official Palestinian Authority television.

“Yesterday you saw, brothers, how the world (the U.N.) returned a slap to American President (Trump), how the entire world that the American president had threatened, stuck its tongue out at him and said: ‘We are not bought with your dollars, and we are not bought with your aid. From the outset, you did not give us aid because of our beautiful eyes. You aid us for your interest, and out of your interests and calculations. So stop this aid.’

Habbash insisted the “one who determines the fate of Jerusalem is not the American president, and not America.”

“The balance (of power) will change, trust in Allah, the balance will change. America will not remain America, and the present world will not remain as it is,” he said.

The PA official said the “most important, permanent, and influential factor in the battle for Jerusalem” is “religion and faith.”

“The victory in Jerusalem is coming, it is coming And Jerusalem is Palestine’s capital forever, forever,” he said. “And the rubbish of the American president isn’t worth – I say again – isn’t worth the urine of one Jerusalem child.”

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