President Trump has a chance to achieve his first victory in the Mideast peace process when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visits the White House this week, but only if he pushes Abbas to end the PA policy of giving aid to terrorists, according to a trio of Senate Republicans.
“The PA’s practice of diverting aid money to terrorists and their families must end,” South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Florida’s Marco Rubio wrote Tuesday in a letter to Trump.
The lawmakers want Trump to pressure Abbas to scrap that system, which provides pensions to families of those who commit terrorist attacks, saying it could open the door to broader peace talks.
“Morally it must end because the United States cannot be complicit in incentivizing terror,” the letter said. “And strategically it must end because the PA will never convince Americans, the Congress, or Israel that it is serious about peace while it is still funding terror. We agree with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who said recently that ending PA funding for terror is ‘a test for peace.'”