As the Taylor Force Act, which would cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority (PLO) unless it ceases paying terrorists to kill Israelis, moves forward, the attempts to neuter it move forward as well.
The arguments are familiar. The Taylor Force Act would impede "security cooperation" by a terrorist organization. And it would punish the poor innocent "Palestinians" for terrorism that they support in poll after poll. And so the call is on to neuter the Taylor Force Act into irrelevance.
Martin Sherman has a great piece shredding an article by, among others, Obama crony, Dennis Ross, advancing a variation of that argument at the Washington Institute. Its conclusion has quite a bomb hidden in its tail. One that its authors haven't quite thought through.
In attempting to bring this pernicious PA policy to a halt, members of Congress who are formulating the Taylor Force Act should proceed carefully. There should definitely be no "pay to slay," but the approach needs to recognize that shades of gray enter into dealing with an issue like this. Being smart counts for more than being right. And the smart approach is one that also recognizes that innocent Palestinians, who have not been able to vote in an election for more than a decade, should not be forced to pay for the mistakes of a government they cannot control.
"Smart". That's the theme here. Don't do the right thing. Do the "smart" thing. It worked really well for Obama. But the siren song of smart is seductive. Especially to those who like to think they are.
But let's skip to that final sentence."Palestinians, who have not been able to vote in an election for more than a decade, should not be forced to pay for the mistakes of a government they cannot control."
That's a good point. Just not the one that Dennis thinks he's making.
If they can't control their government, how is it their government? If they can't control their government, why are we funding that government on their behalf. And finally... if they can't control their government, then why is Israel being pressured into a worthless peace process with that government?
If the residents of the West Bank and Gaza aren't properly represented by the Palestinian Authority when it funds terrorism, are they properly represented by it when negotiating with Israel?
How can you hold one position, but not the other?
Either the PA represents the so-called "Palestinians". Or it doesn't.
If it doesn't represent them when it funds terrorism, it doesn't represent them when it comes to getting US money or negotiating with Israel. And we must immediately stop sending the PA money and pressuring Israel to negotiate with it.
If it does, then all aid must end until the PA stops funding terrorism.