12 February '13..
While the Palestinian Authority continues to cut services and salaries, the U.S. State Department is pushing to free-up monies frozen by Congress last year in response to PA actions.
Question Taken at the February 8, 2013 U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing
February 11, 2013
Question: What is the status of the funding Congresswoman Granger approved for the Palestinian Authority?
Answer: We are working with Congress to ensure U.S. support for the Palestinians, including $495.7 million in FY 2012 assistance that was notified in April 2012 and $200 million in FY 2013 direct budget support that was notified last week. Our view remains that our assistance to the Palestinian people is an essential part of the U.S. commitment to a negotiated two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis, promoting a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. It is in the interest not only of the Palestinians, but of Israel and the United States as well, to ensure these efforts continue as they help to build a more democratic, stable and secure region. [Emphasis added]
And from yesterday's State Department press conference, spokesperson Victoria Nuland:
“[W]e think it’s very, very important that they remain effective in supporting the needs of the Palestinian people … So we’re continuing to work through this. I would simply say that the Secretary feels extremely strongly that it is time now to get this support to the Palestinian Authority.” [Emphasis added]
Prisoner on PA salary cuts: Prisoners who killed Jews are entitled to a PA salary, also after release
PA TV host: "With us is Iyad Abu Khaizaran. Good evening."
Iyad Abu Khaizaran: "Since the day we were released from prison, we have been given [only] half a salary... We killed Jews. I personally killed Jews. I killed settlers and I injured soldiers. My house was destroyed. I have 11 bulletsin my body. I served 22 years in Israeli prisons."
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Host: "Did you, like the other [prisoners], receive salaries in the prisons?"
Abu Khaizaran: "Yes. Since around the year 2000, [the salaries] became organized."
Host: "In other words, from 2000, did all the organizations, without exception, whether it was Fatah or Hamas, supporters of Abbas or not supporters of Abbas, receive salaries or not? Tell the truth openly."
Abu Khaizaran: "Yes, yes they did."
[PA TV (Fatah), March 29, 2012]
Note: Iyad Abu Khaizaran, member of the Islamic Jihad, was given a life sentence in 1991 for stabbing a 76 year-old man to death, Shlomo Yahya, in a suburb of Tel Aviv.
While the service and salary cuts are increasing daily, not to worry. The U.S. State Department will be staying on top of this one, yes?