The Obama administration has gone to a New York court to insure the finances of the Palestinian Authority stay rock solid, despite conviction by an American court in connection with the murder of 33 Jews and injuries to 450 others.
Obama’s justice department asked a United States judge yesterday (Aug. 10) to “carefully consider” the size of the bond he sets for the Palestinian Authority while it appeals an award for damages in deaths and injuries of Americans in six terror attacks in Israel.
The payment suggested by the plaintiffs was $30 million a month – an amount insignificant in the Arab world economies. For example, the payment would represent one six-millionth of the annual GDP of Qatar, the great supporter of Hamas and other Palestinian causes. Despite the miniscule amount, the Obama team maintains the economic impact would devastate the “Authority” and cause its downfall.
Not mentioned in the White House intervention is that the P.A. is headed to the International Criminal Court to attack Israel for imagined war crimes, and this would set back that effort by demonstrating that the Palestinians are really the ones killing civilians indiscriminately.
Antony Blinken, who “was born to Jewish parents” according to Wikipedia, said that requiring the Palestinian Authority to pay “a significant portion of its revenues would likely severely compromise the PA’s ability to operate as a governmental authority.” Blinken is Deputy Secretary of State, and he helped craft the Iran nuclear “deal.”
“A PA insolvency and collapse would harm current and future U.S.-led efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” he actually said.
Blinken’s father, Donald, co-founded E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co., a global venture capital firm. Warburg, Pincus ran Journal Register Company in 1999, where I was CEO of a weekly newspaper division. After more than a year of their rule, I resigned suddenly one Sunday.
The elder Blinken was also president of the Rothko Foundation and a major Democratic donor, and was named chairman of the New York state university program by Democratic governors. Tony Blinken made his bar mitzvah at Temple Emanuel in Yonkers and spent summers in East Hampton, where his father got him a job as a counselor at Boys Harbor, a camp for underprivileged kids. It’s nice to be rich.
Israeli opinion to the slap in the face over terrorism was measured, but once again showed disappointed with an American administration – which coddles killers in the Mideast.
“We are gratified that the Department of Justice supports the rights of survivors of international terrorism to enforce their rights and collect the judgment but disappointed that the State Department failed to take any stand against the PLO and PA’s policy of putting convicted terrorists on their payroll as soon as they are jailed,” according to Attorney Kent Yalowitz with Shurat Hadin Law Center – which represented the plaintiffs in the case.
“If the PA has enough money to pay convicted terrorists, it has enough to pay the judgment in this case,” he added.
Israeli Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said: “We had hoped that the State Department would act to deter the PLO from using its funds to continue paying the convicted terrorists rather than trying to nullify the verdict of a unanimous New York jury.”
The plaintiffs also relied on internal records showing the Palestinian Authority continued to pay the salaries of employees who were put behind bars in terror cases and paid benefits to families of suicide bombers and gunmen who died committing the attacks. But a defense lawyer argued that there was no evidence that the Palestinian authorities had sanctioned the attacks, as alleged in the lawsuit.
The case was heard by a jury and the verdict was unanimous against the Palestinian Authority – but such justice is apparently not good enough for the wizards of the White House.