While addressing the United Nations Security Council Tuesday, Palestinian Authority (P.A.) President Mahmoud Abbas threatened the United States that the Palestinians would unleash a litany of Islamic terrorists if the Trump administration cuts tens of million of dollars in funding originally planned to go toward Palestinian “refugees.”
“Six million refugees – who will take care of them?” Abbas posed, according to a Liberty Counsel press release. “If you stop your assistance to these 6 million refugees who are educated – if you end your assistance – they become terrorists or refugees in Europe. It's either that or you continue to support UNRWA until the crisis ends.”
Abbas’ response to President Donald Trump’s decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as the legitimate capital of Israel by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City – and subsequently withhold tens of millions of dollars from going to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) – signifies the U.N.’s antagonistic relationship with Israeli leadership as it continues to side with the Palestinians in their longstanding conflict with Israel.
“The U.S. contributed over 80 percent of UNRWA's income in 2017,” Liberty Counsel reported. “The funds were significantly slashed last month when President Trump froze $65 million of planned donations.”
In defiance, Abbas proceeded his warning by leaving the room before U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley started to present her rebuttal to the P.A. leader’s virulent speech.
“[I know Abbas] was very unhappy with the decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem,” Haley said before the U.N., according to Liberty Counsel. “You don't have to like that decision. You don't have to praise it. You don't even have to accept it, but know this – that decision will not change. [The U.S. offers an] outstretched hand [to the Palestinian people, but] we will not chase after you.”
Earlier this week, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat disrespectfully ordered Haley to stop blaming the Palestinians for their continued non-provoked violence against Israel.
“[S]hut up and realize the Palestinian leadership is not the problem,” Erekat barked at Haley, according to WND.
But Haley was quick to give Abbas her response to Erekat’s demand at a U.N. Security Council meeting earlier this week.
“I will not shut up,” Haley insisted, according to WND. “Rather, I will respectfully speak some hard truths.”
On Tuesday, she addressed Abbas after he fled from the room immediately following his U.N. speech.
“Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk,” she told Abbas. “The choice, Mr. President, is yours.”
A number of options were then presented to Abbas.
“There is the path of absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric and incitement to violence,” Haley continued, according to WND. “That path has led – and will continue to lead – to nothing but hardship for the Palestinian people. Or there is the path of negotiation and compromise. History has shown that path to be successful for Egypt and Jordan – including the transfer of territory. That path remains open to the Palestinian leadership – if only it is courageous enough to take it.”
But this was just the latest one of Abbas’ numerous threats, as just last month, he threated Trump with war if he refused to allocate Jerusalem as the capital city of the future “Palestinian State” it his so-called “two-state solution.”
“Jerusalem is the key to peace if it is our capital, and if it is not, it is the key to war,” Abbas declared in a speech he gave in Cairo, Egypt, in January, according to Liberty Counsel. “Trump will need to choose.”
Threats followed by begging …
Abbas followed up his threat of unleashing Islamic jihad upon the world with a desperate plea for millions in free handouts.
“We are ready to begin negotiations,” Abbas told the U.N. Tuesday, according to WND. “We beg you to help us so that we may not commit an act that goes against our beliefs and your beliefs.”
Serving the 13th year of his fourth term as the P.A. president, Abbas then attempted to soften his language by assuring the audience at the U.N. that the millions of dollars he was demanding was necessary to avoid a crisis he is trying to prevent from happening.
“To solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multilateral international mechanism emanating from an international conference,” Abbas insisted, according to Bloomberg. “[I hope] to find a way out of the stalemate and crisis we are in.”
After Abbas concluded his U.N. speech and briskly left the room in protest, White House Spokesman Josh Raffel discounted the Palestinian leader’s renewed form of begging – backed by threats of violence – as tired rhetoric.
“[Abbas’s plans for an international conference and full U.N. membership for a Palestinian state are] old talking points and undeveloped concepts,” Raffel argued, according to Bloomberg. “[We pledged to] continue working on our plan, which is designed to benefit both the Israeli and Palestinian people. We will present it when it is done, and the time is right.”
Brookings Institution Fellow Khaled Elgindy also indicated that this is a desperate attempt by Abbas.
“Abbas doesn’t think he has much to lose by trying to get the international community involved,” Elgindy said, according to Bloomberg. “We are headed for a showdown as this is probably the last gasp of the peace process.”
Putting Palestinians in their place …
Many continue to marvel at the audacity of Abbas to make threats and demands as if he is a legitimate member of the U.N. – let alone the representative of an actual nation.
“Palestine isn’t even a nation, but nevertheless has demanded several times full membership of the United Nations,” WND reported. “It’s already been privileged with the status of a non-member observer state.”
Abbas’ latest qualm has to do with the U.S. refusing to move forward with its established plan of giving tens of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to the Palestinians as it had freely done during the years under the pro-Palestinian Obama administration, which continually undermined America’s longstanding strong partnership with Israel.
“Part of Abbas’ campaign is to raise millions for the UNRWA to make up for the U.S. cuts,” WND’s Bob Unruh noted. “The Trump administration agreed last month to pay $60 million to the aid organization for salaries and other administrative costs, while cutting $65 million.”
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver – who also serves as president of Christians in Defense of Israel and as founder and president of Covenant Journey – pointed out that Abbas fundamental Islamic ideology that supports terrorism gives him no legitimate authority as a global leader – especially because he does not control the internationally recognized Islamic terrorist organization, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip.
“Threats of violence by Mahmoud Abbas are a reflection of his radical ideology and support for terrorism,” Staver proclaimed in the press release issued by his Christian nonprofit legal organization. “He has no desire for peace. His only desire is to wipe out the Jews and rename Israel to Palestine.”
He maintained that any attempt to reason with a sponsor of terrorists is futile, while rejoicing in the fact that the eight years of former President Barack Obama’s pro-Palestinian/anti-Israeli foreign policy has come to a close under the decidedly pro-Israel Trump administration.
“You cannot not negotiate with someone who does not recognize your right to exist,” Staver concluded. “Finally, we have a president and an ambassador who will not be bullied by these threats.”