On Tuesday, the state department under President Donald Trump announced it would review one of Barack Obama’s final acts as US president — the release of $221 million to the Palestinian Authority.
Obama’s move, came as a shock to many. The funds had congressional holds on them, which don’t legally bind the president but have historically been respected.
It appears that Trump’s decision to review Obama’s release of the funds comes down to his heavily pro-Israel agenda.
Trump, who took office just hours after Obama’s decision, has taken a hard line against the Palestinians, describing their funding of terrorism and the larger situation in the West Bank and Gaza as a “deplorable, deplorable situation”, in remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March.
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