In Last Hours, Obama Approved Funds for Palestinian Authority

On Friday morning, just hours before Donald Trump was sworn in, the outgoing administration informed Congress that they would defy the opposition and send the money. The aides and the State Department official weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

Such congressional holds are generally respected by the White House, but are not legally binding.

In fact, the Congress actually agreed to fund the Palestinian Authority back in 2015 and 2015 but the funding was postponed because two GOP lawmakers didn't agree to this and placed holds over the funds.

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The reason why the Obama administration was keen on releasing these funds in order to aid the Palestinian Authority is because these funds are used in humanitarian purposes in Gaza and the West Bank.

The money accounts for 97 percent of the total US$227 million he released to foreign accounts dealing with climate change programs (US$4 million), United Nations peacebuilding efforts (US$1.25 million) and bureaus of interest in Afghanistan, Pakistan and South and Central Asia ($1.05 million).

"It's hard to see how this "pay to slay" policy wouldn't put them on the state sponsor of terrorism list", Republican Representative Ed Royce of California said, in a statement past year. It is meant to provide assistance for reform in the territories for any future Palestinian state.

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His parting gift to the Palestinians was seen as a final act of official support for their campaign against Israel, as well as a repudiation of President Donald Trump's stated Middle East peace policies.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Mr Trump by telephone, but the White House statement released after the call did not mention anything regarding embassy.

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