Obama famously refused to veto the United Nations’ December condemnation of Israel (for which the U.S. abstained from voting), and that was hardly his final action to spite Israel, which he wanted to go back to their 1967 borders. What Obama thought Israel would receive in return (aside from an endless hail of rocket fire) from doing so is unclear.When it came to his final hours in power, when he wasn’t pardoning terrorists or those who leaked classified information, he was shelling out a few hundred million dollars that will likely be used to fight Israel.
As the Associated Press reported: Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.
A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations, the congressional aides said. The aides and the State Department official weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.In their first major actions since Obama left the White House, Israel is moving forward with settlements in the West Bank in defiance of the U.N. and Obama. Approving the 2,500 settler homes in question had been delayed until Obama left office.
In total, the U.S. has spent $4.5 billion over the past twenty years trying to promote peace in the Palestinian territories. The Palestinian Authority has received over $25 billion over the past 20 years. How has this all worked out in bringing about peace? It hasn’t.
Oh well. When the national debt is nearly $20 trillion anyway, what’s an extra $200 million among “friends?”[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]