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U.S. to cut $25 mil in aid to hospitals serving Palestinians

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Cutting aid... to a hospital...?

First the embassy move, then the approval of settlements in occupied lands and now this?

Salt in the wound.

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Vicious.

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We will see China quickly fill this need (financing hospitals) to the detriment of the influence of US foreign policy,

25 million dollars is small change for the US, but highly significant for the Palestinians and others watching.

I wonder what many rational Israelis are thinking about this?

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Conservatives continuing to be repugnant. Nothing surprising here.

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That's just cruel...

If anyone still had doubt, now we can definitely stop calling the US the "good guys".

"You'll get money, but we're not paying you until we make a deal," he said in Washington. "If we don't make a deal, we're not paying."

Good guys don't do blackmail.

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"The Trump administration this year cut funds to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees and scrapped around $200 million in payments by USAID to the Palestinians."

In response to the aid cuts, the Palestinians should rip up the Oslo Accords and dissolve the Palestinian Authority, a corrupt gerontocracy that acts as a subcontractor for the Israeli occupation and exists solely to quash Palestinian dissent. It's ridiculous that Palestinians act as gendameries for their own occupation. Instead, the Palestinians should turn their national struggle into a civil rights struggle by refusing all security co-operation with their Israeli occupiers and by demanding equal rights for everybody under Israeli control. 

If the Israelis want to sustain a half-century long military occupation, let them foot the bill in blood and treasure.

Given the current circumstances, the struggle to create a fully sovereign state is a battle that the Palestinians can't win. The struggle to maintain an apartheid state in the Occupied Territories is battle that the Israelis can't win

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As a U.S. taxpayer, this is a good move on our part. Let nations that support the PA absorb the cost that we will no longer provide. Problem solved.

Yes, let the US roll back its influence even further. Sound strategy.

The real problem that needs to be solved is the US support of the human rights abiding Israelis and their quest for an apartheid state.

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Only the U.S. would continue giving financial aid year after year and get nothing in return. It's called diplomacy by the elitists.

Just because you can't see the returns, it doesn't mean they aren't there.

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So how is that peace deal coming along?

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I'm sure the Russians or the Chinese will be happy to step in and buy the influence that Trump is squandering. $25 million for that sort of goodwill and good press is a steal. Anyone who dies in the meantime's blood is on Trump's hands.

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@Texas: Yes it's quite clear that the USA, which provides billions to Israel each year and is now stripping even humanitarian aid to hospitals on the Palestinian side, is not an independent arbitrator.

When a person (or a country) who is not truly independent tries to force the party they do not support to take a bad deal, that is called bullying. In this case, it is bullying of the very worst kind. If the USA wish to be honest about the Palestine situation, let them come out and openly admit they are for Israel and against all Palestinians, including the moderates and innocents.

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Finally starting to stop sponsoring terror,

The US is still sponsoring terrorism when it gives billions in aid to Israel.

now next is cut aid to ISIS and then Ukraine.

You can't seriously be comparing the Ukraine with ISIS. This comment exposes you for who you are and where you work. You get benefits working in a Russian troll farm?

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BintaroToday  10:10 am JST

That's just cruel...

If anyone still had doubt, now we can definitely stop calling the US the "good guys".

"You'll get money, but we're not paying you until we make a deal," he said in Washington. "If we don't make a deal, we're not paying."

Good guys don't do blackmail

The train carrying the Good Guys pulled out of the station January 20 2017.

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Texas A&M AggieToday  10:56 am JST

As a U.S. taxpayer, this is a good move on our part. Let nations that support the PA absorb the cost that we will no longer provide. Problem solved.

Some people commenting here seem to be absolutely determined to prove that the time honoured adage “Ignorance is Bliss” really is true.

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Chip StarToday  12:21 pm JST

Only the U.S. would continue giving financial aid year after year and get nothing in return. It's called diplomacy by the elitists.

Just because you can't see the returns, it doesn't mean they aren't there.

Absolutely right.

But also, this sort of pettiness often has consequences.

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BintaroToday  10:10 am JST

Good guys don't do blackmail.

Good guys don't blackmail children on dialysis.

Alex EinzToday  12:15 pm JST

Finally starting to stop sponsoring terror,

Precisely how many terrorists do you think were coming out of cardiac surgery?

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And it’s illegal or totally controversial to criticize anything Israel does in western countries.

other news, yesterday Israeli snipers killed a child and shot 100 others in gaza. Not in Israel, but another country.

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Too sad.

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Texas A&M AggieToday  12:38 pm JST

Palestinians reacted angrily. -- article

They will continue to hate us no matter what we do.

Arrant nonsense.

President Trump knows/understands economic warfare.

And, having absolutely no undestanding of even the most basic of economic principles, is the chief instigator of this strategy.

Past American presidents foolishly gave money to those who swore to destroy the United States. Yet, the globalists believe Americans should continue being generous and accept apologizing for America being the lone superpower while ignoring that the Palestinians are taught from birth to hate our country, hate our people and our freedoms.

Generosity, in any form, extended to people who seem to ‘hate’ you is a very powerful weapon to use if you want to change those sentiments.

Let places that back the PA like the EU and Canada take up the financial slack. President Trump's foreign policy of using U.S. dollars like bombs is a strategy that is long overdue.

And, in the long term, will be just as costly, and ineffective, as using actual bombs.

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BlacklabelToday  02:04 pm JST

Yeah kinda like sometimes the truth is not the truth, right? 

Just because you can't see the returns, it doesn't mean they aren't there.

Wrong. Something is either the Truth or an Untruth.

Returns that can’t actually be seen could be events or actions that have not taken place because certain measures were put in place to mitigate against them happening.

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This may be clearer.

BlacklabelToday  02:04 pm JST

Yeah kinda like sometimes the truth is not the truth, right? 

Wrong. Something is either the Truth, or it is Untrue.

Just because you can't see the returns, it doesn't mean they aren't there.

Absolutely correct.

Returns, or benefits, that can’t actually be seen could be events or actions that have not taken place because certain measures were put in place to mitigate against them happening.

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Finally starting to stop sponsoring terror, now next is cut aid to ISIS and then Ukraine

Didn’t realize US was giving aid to ISIS.

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ulyssesToday  06:57 pm JST

Finally starting to stop sponsoring terror, now next is cut aid to ISIS and then Ukraine

Didn’t realize US was giving aid to ISIS.

Didn't Q tell you? The Obama Socialist Muslim Gay Frog Deep State funds all the terrorists.

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Ill never understand what the israelis have over the american leadership. How any sane person can continue to support an entity that persistently disregards international laws, is beyond comprehension.

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Wallace FredToday  01:00 pm JST

Ill never understand what the israelis have over the american leadership.

There are a lot of extremely wealthy, and therefore (rightly or wrongly) powerful and influential, Jews in America.

How any sane person can continue to support an entity that persistently disregards international laws, is beyond comprehension

An entity that also has been threatened with total annihilation by its neighbours.

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Poor decision by the US in support of Israel's brutal occupation.

It would be great to see the UN take firmer action to force Israel to abide by resolutions 242 which calls for the Israelis to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war. Perhaps boycotts will work? Excluding Israel from trade, travel and sporting events?

The UN forces every one else to comply with resolutions, why not Israel?

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I checked the dictionary. Anti-Palestine doesn’t exist. But the are the most persecuted in in world.

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Can't China pick up the slack? No, wait, their huge trade surplus with the U.S. is going to be slashed...

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Yeah kinda like sometimes the truth is not the truth, right?

Just because you can't see the returns, it doesn't mean they aren't there.

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"This is not the formula for peace building..." Was the current formula working? $25 million and what in return? Absolutely nothing?

Only the U.S. would continue giving financial aid year after year and get nothing in return. It's called diplomacy by the elitists.

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Well done US!

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Finally starting to stop sponsoring terror, now next is cut aid to ISIS and then Ukraine.

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Palestinians reacted angrily. -- article

They will continue to hate us no matter what we do.

President Trump knows/understands economic warfare. Past American presidents foolishly gave money to those who swore to destroy the United States. Yet, the globalists believe Americans should continue being generous and accept apologizing for America being the lone superpower while ignoring that the Palestinians are taught from birth to hate our country, hate our people and our freedoms.

Let places that back the PA like the EU and Canada take up the financial slack. President Trump's foreign policy of using U.S. dollars like bombs is a strategy that is long overdue.

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As a U.S. taxpayer, this is a good move on our part. Let nations that support the PA absorb the cost that we will no longer provide. Problem solved.

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