Friday, the U.S. Embassy announced that the United States is immediately cutting off all security assistance to the Palestinian Authority for training and equipment.
Last year, Congress passed the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act, granting U.S. courts jurisdiction over foreign entities receiving U.S. aid.
Under this law, which went into effect on Friday, the Palestinian Authority would be subject to lawsuits by victims of their terrorism.
Because the Palestinian Authority does not want to be accountable to U.S. courts and pay their victims, they will not receive the $60 million in assistance they would have otherwise received in 2019.
Suspending adherence to treaty with Russia
Last week, President Trump announced that the United States will be suspending its adherence to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
The INF Treaty was agreed to by the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. However, Russia has been in violation of this treaty for decades by building up their nuclear arsenal with new weapons. Russia’s nuclear capabilities have benefited from the United States’ self-imposed constraint.
If Russia does not come back to the table and abide by the agreements of the INF Treaty within six months, the United States will permanently remove itself from the agreement. I applaud President Trump’s efforts to correct this injustice and stand up to Russia’s deceitful actions, putting America First. NATO allies have also expressed their support for President Trump’s decision.
Congressman Daniel Webster represents The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives.