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Op-ed: U.S. can't win peace by funding terrorists

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Despite objections by members of Congress and the American people, President Obama is headed down a dangerous road by providing sequester-era stimulus for radical, anti-American foreign governments.

Obama is sending nearly $500 million to the terrorist-led Palestinian Authority and $250 million to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-led government, as well as shipments of some of our most powerful and sophisticated weaponry to that same anti-Israel Egyptian government.

Now, Obama wants Congress to approve an additional $200 million in funding for the PA despite the blatant disregard of its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, for the U.S. government's insistence that it not push for statehood at the United Nations.

At a time when spending cuts are critically necessary for our debt crisis and the economy, what are our government's priorities?

We are told we don't have enough money for White House tours and are cutting our military, yet we are sending hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to radical regimes overseas.

This funding poses a significant threat to national security and stability in the Middle East. It is also an injustice to the millions of hardworking American taxpayers who continue to suffer financially in the anemic economic recovery.

With America's ongoing fiscal crisis, foreign aid should be reserved for our allies and those regimes that promote peace and economic stability, not those that are hostile to our nation and threaten our allies.

"It is difficult to overstate the absurdity of these gifts," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow recently noted. "We borrow billions from China to subsidize and even prop up regimes that defy us at every turn."

The money the United States has provided to the PA and Muslim Brotherhood threatens to disrupt the already tenuous peace process in the region. These funds dangerously prop up a Palestinian unity government that includes the vile terrorist group Hamas, which has continually attacked Israeli civilians with rockets.

Even more concerning, a portion of the funds is directed toward Palestinian "law enforcement," which many perceive to be America "training Israel's enemies."

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, recently called Obama's decision to aid the PA "reckless," arguing that the United States could have used the funds as leverage in opposing the PA's recent unilateral actions at the U.N. and reconciliation talks with Hamas.

Until the PA comes to the table willing to work with the United States, negotiate with Israel and offer real solutions for peace, it is a misguided use of our public resources to send funds to them and other dangerous regimes in the Middle East with a history of breaking treaties and disregarding the peace process.

A recent survey showed that Americans support Israel over the Palestinian Authority by a margin of 4-to-1; our citizens know that regimes like the PA that spew hate and intolerance should not receive U.S. foreign aid.

If there is one thing that history has taught us, it's that we can never hope to achieve any real peace by funding the sworn enemies of our allies and those who wish to destroy America.

The road to peace cannot be paved by funding terrorists. This message must be made loud and clear to our leaders in Congress and in the White House: Stop funding the Muslim Brotherhood; stop funding the Palestinian Authority; stop funding jihad.

Matthew Clark is associate counsel for government affairs and media advocacy with the American Center for Law and Justice.

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