Taylor Force Act becomes Law

Yesterday the US President, Donald Trump, signed into law a huge $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes the Taylor Force Act.

Donald Trump speaking about the Spending BillDonald Trump with the $1.3 trillion spending bill (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

That act was named after a former US army officer who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist while visiting Tel Aviv as part of a study group examining global entrepreneurship.

It will cut some aid to the Palestinian Authority until it stops paying salaries to terrorists and their families. Three aid programmes are exceptions – those supporting Palestinian water, childhood vaccination programs, and East Jerusalem hospitals.

This cut does not come as a surprise. The Americans have been putting much pressure on the Palestinian Authority to stop these payments because they are such an obvious misuse of aid money.

However, the Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are convinced that it is their right to receive aid payments – that somehow other countries are obliged to support them. And so they have stubbornly refused to stop payments to their terrorists.

Kay WilsonBritish terror victim Kay Wilson

The UK Government has repeatedly refused to take similar action to the US, despite pleas from its own citizens, such as that made by Kay Wilson.