Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is making a heavy push for reconciliation with Hamas and is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid if that's what it takes to forge a Palestinian unity deal, a top aide said Monday.
The comments were the latest sign that Abbas is giving up on stalled peace talks with Israel and prefers to pursue unity with Gaza's Hamas rulers as he makes a push toward independence.
"Of course we need the American money. But if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are ready to relinquish that aid," said Azzam Ahmed, an Abbas aide.
The U.S. and Israel consider Hamas a terrorist group.
To make a deal with a terrorist group, the peace loving president of the peace loving Palestinian statelet is willing to reject "more than $470 million a year in direct financial assistance from the U.S."?
It's a deal.
Let's cut off direct financial assistance to the Palestinians immediately, and apply that half - billion dollars per year to the 30 billion we're presently trying to cut from the budget!