Obama Waiver to Restart US Aid to Palestinian Authority

Memo Insists Funding Important to US Security

The US State Department has confirmed that President Obama has issued a formal waiver that funding the Palestinian Authority is “important to the security interests of the United States.”

The waiver, which came in the form of a memo to the Secretary of State, allows some $192 million in US aid to be restarted to the Palestinian Authority. The aid was frozen by Congress in September to punish the Palestinians for seeking independence.

White House officials say that the aid will come with demands that the Palestinian Authority accept Israel’s right to exist and unconditionally accept the Road Map for peace. The funding would then be provided to keep President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad in power.

Of course with the Palestinians planning to hold elections soon and the peace process with Israel still stalled, there will be plenty of reasons for officials to hold up aid in the future. Hamas expects to fare quite well in the next vote, and won the last one decisively before Abbas (at the behest of the US) decided to ignore the results and keep control over the PA in his faction’s hands.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.