Trump Strangles Palestinian Terror Funding (Part 2)
Barry Nussbaum: Welcome back to Because You Asked, I'm Barry Nussbaum. Today we are continuing on part two of our two-part series on the changes American foreign policy is showing towards the Palestinian Authority. It's extraordinary. It's never happened before in American history, and joining me to talk about it is my partner, at American Truth Project and our National Director Aynaz Anni Cyrus. Thanks for joining me again, Anni.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus: Always a pleasure, Barry.
Barry Nussbaum: OK. The floor is yours. We're talking about the Palestinian Authority and what President Trump has changed in regards to policy, and you've got some more questions.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus: Yes, I do, and after zero push-back on this terror from all of the previous American Presidents, it is very good to finally have President Trump into office who is making a huge change in the policy. My very first question, though, is after the murder of the American soldier and scholar, Taylor Force, came the Taylor Force Act cutting off funding until the support of terrorism from the regime and government of Palestine stops. What is exactly the Taylor Force Act?
Barry Nussbaum: Well, it's really extraordinary legislation that grew out of a horrific day of terror in Israel a few years ago. Taylor Force was an American soldier who was touring in Israel with a number of Americans. They were attacked on the street of Israel by a terrorist with a knife. Taylor Force was stabbed, and a number of other people were too. It was very horrific. Taylor Force actually died in the attack. He was selected at random because he was an American. His slaying was celebrated throughout the Palestinian territories and because he was an American the United States Congress took notice, and in their disgust, they created legislation that basically says until the pay for slay program of the Palestinian Authority that we talked about in part one stops U.S. funding on a number of programs to the Palestinian Authority are going to be cut off. It passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate. It was signed into law by President Trump, and finally, the money is being choked off until the Palestinians come into the 21st century and stop the barbarism.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus: Well, that is great news. It gives me hope, but I tell you what, being an ex-Muslim, raised by Islamic country and ruling, I can tell you, that's not going to happen. They will stay 1400 years ago there's no coming to modern life. One thing that has always bothered me is Jerusalem was the capital of Israel for over three thousand years, but then Israelis came there, and they were the only people who didn't have the right to pick their own capital even though President Bill Clinton signed a bill that said that Jerusalem is going to be the capital of Israel. Every President ignored it until now, and proudly President Trump moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. Now, my question is, why did he do that?
Barry Nussbaum: That's an interesting question, and your preface was quite accurate. Historically, Anni, the Jewish people have celebrated Jerusalem for over three thousand years. It was in the Bible as the capital of the nation-state of Israel, and it's been there ever since. It is the longest continuous capital on the face of the earth and while Israel has celebrated it as the capital of the modern state of Israel since 1948, bizarrely and strangely, they are the only country in the world that while it is their capital, it's not recognized by the rest of the world. In other words, the rest of the world until President Trump had all their embassies in Tel Aviv, which is the largest city in Israel, and quite frankly, not near Jerusalem. So Jerusalem, which is the seat of the Prime Minister, of all the governmental offices of the Knesset, which is their Parliament of the Supreme Court where the country is run from, was internationally ignored until a law was passed during the Clinton administration demanding that the President of United States recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy of the United States from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, in that law, there was a waiver that could be signed by the President, whoever that was, for national security purposes only to protect the interests of the United States and every President, several times a year, since Bill Clinton has signed that waiver. So Bill Clinton signed the waiver, ignored the law. George Bush signed a waiver, ignored the law. Barack Obama signed the waiver and ignored the law, and I was in the room when candidate Barack Obama promised that his first act in office would be to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and he lied, as did all the previous Presidents. They all made that a campaign promise and they all lied to the American people. So for the first time, we have a president that made it a campaign promise and lo and behold Donald Trump kept his word. The Israeli people are quite gratified and grateful to him, and as a result, it's taken it off the table as a negotiation point that the Palestinians could push back on. The embassy is there. That means that's, at least as far as the United States is concerned, international recognition. I applaud President Trump for this courageous act of decency.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus: So would it be safe to say that after many years, finally, we have a president who will not negotiate with terrorists?
Barry Nussbaum: I know it's such a simplistic question that would have such an easy answer, Anni, but it's so sad that, yeah, finally, we have somebody like that. It should have been an automatic answer for every American President, and yet I think this is the first time we really have it.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus: So here's another thing President Trump did. President Trump defunded UNRRA, which I would like, if possible, for you to explain to our audience what UNRRA is, but he defunded UNRRA because of the fraud that basically technically turned 50 thousand refugees into 5 million refugees in permanent refugee camps. So if you could tell us what is UNRRA and why it was defunded and why is it important that President Trump defunded UNRRA?
Barry Nussbaum: Yeah, it's a great question. In world history, there's never been relief for refugees from generation to generation. The United Nations has a program for refugees around the world that are displaced during wartime, and every one of those terrible situations from despicable wars in Rowanda, Bosnia, and so on are covered by the same relief agency. Bizarrely, the United Nations created a separate agency for only one people, Arabs displaced by the war of 1948 when Arab countries attacked and attempted to slaughter all the Jews in the Middle East that were part of the fledgling new country declared by the United Nations and Israel in 1948. What's so weird is the refugees that left Israel some by their own accord, some driven out by the war were never allowed to resettle in the Arab countries that they went to even though they are culturally, religiously and ethnically the same as the populations around them in Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and so on. The United Nations created UNRRA for them alone and made it multi-generational and studies after studies, after studies have shown that this number of refugees has increased by geometric proportions over four generations now and they are permanently in refugee camps not allowed to settle. All the Jews that were forced out of every country in the Middle East after 1948 are no longer refugees; there is not one of them. They were all resettled in Israel, they were given jobs and homes, and they built a country. The Palestinians were just Arabs who identify with the geography of the Israeli place on the globe have become permanent refugees. Trump said, "Look, every one of these refugee camps are a ground zero of terror training." The numbers have been inflated ridiculously. There is no plan. Nor will there ever be, nor there ever has been a plan to settle them into permanent cultural integration anywhere. What the Arabs have done, both inside the camps and elsewhere, is they have said all these refugees are going to come back to Israel someday. That's part of the peace process, which obviously would overwhelm the Jewish state geographically and demographically and become an Arab Muslim country, at least by population, and so it's a non-starter for Israel. Trump said, "Enough is enough. There's so much corruption. Each one of these camps is training nothing but terrorists. These people are not getting educated. They have no jobs. They have no economic future. I'm not giving them any more money. Merge them into the other programs, and we will fund it again." That's what Trump did, and he's the First American President ever in history to do it.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus: Well, since you just talked about him defunding yet another terrorist group or training camp, as you said, another thing that happened was President Trump closed the PLO Embassy. Now, why did he do that?
Barry Nussbaum: Well, it's the same concept, although, on American soil. In the PLO, it stands for the Palestine Liberation Organization, whose name tells you what their plan is. They were created in 1964, and it was the earliest and most well-known terror group in the world. Their job was to blow up airliners, buses, schools, hospitals in Israel until finally the Jews were driven out, and in 1993, as part of the Oslo Accords, it was declared the governing authority, so to speak, of the Palestinian people, and the terror label came off. As we've talked about they're still promoting murder and terror and bombings and so on, but the embassy in Washington was only allowed to be there as long as the Palestinians used it to promote peace and as we know recently, they have said they will never talk to Israel as long as Netanyahu is the Prime Minister and they won't talk to the United States as a broker of peace as long as Trump is the President. They are refusing categorically to engage in the peace process, and at that point, Trump said, "Fine, you don't need an embassy in the United States anymore close it," and so it's being shut down.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus: It is so amazing to see so many good changes taking place in our country, and I wish every other country would do this, but as of right now, I'm just very, very happy. I think the more I talk to you on these segments, the more hopeful I become, happier. Finally, something has been done, but here's another question I have for you, Barry. Nikki Haley, said something like the Palestinian's just take the money and bad mouth U.S., which is very accurate. I would say yes, that's all they do but is that part of the changes that President Trump is working on making part of the policy, is that going to change?
Barry Nussbaum: You know, that's a great question, and I'm really glad you mentioned Nikki. Nikki Haley has been an astounding breath of fresh air at the United Nations for the first time in very, very long years the United States has an Ambassador, after the horrific representation under the Obama administration, that stands up for America at the United Nations. The Palestinians, in particular, do exactly what Nikki Haley called them on, which is to take American money and make speeches about how horrible America is. She has pointed out many times that it's not just the Palestinians. It's this entire independent block of over 100 countries that we give aid to that vote against us on every vote and literally show the United States no respect. I see where the massive groundswell of anti-U.N. sentiment comes from within the United States. We fund more than any other country, a ridiculous avalanche of money that we send into that organization, and what we get back is hatred. What we get back is disrespect and, most importantly, no cooperation towards peace. Nikki's speech when she said what the Palestinians do is take the money and bad mouth the United States is 100 percent true, and I applaud her for finally standing up for America, where her predecessors did nothing similar, at least in the last eight years.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus: Yeah, I agree, actually. I was told by a fellow Iranian, "Hey, listen, it doesn't matter even though President Trump walked away from the Iran deal, the behavior is still the same. They're marching the streets and burning the American flag and chanting Death to America." I said, "Well, there is a change. Before they used to do it, and they used to do it while pocketing our money. Now they do it because they're just pissed off that President Trump is standing up to them, so there is a difference being made there."
Barry Nussbaum: Exactly. Well, this was fun. Thanks for joining us today on Because You Asked. You can always write to either Anni or myself by dropping us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website you can sign up for free. We don't charge, and it gives you the opportunity to never miss one of our episodes or articles. You'll catch all the news that we think you want to hear about. Remember, we are here to bring you the truth because you can handle that truth. Thanks for joining us. I'm Barry Nussbaum.