In the coming months, Congress is expected to vote on the Taylor Force Act, which would prohibit US funding of the Palestinian Authority (PA) if it continues to pay benefits to terrorists and/or their families. Mahmoud Abbas claims that these payments are a sacred obligation of the PA, and that he will never halt them.
Irresistible force, meet immovable object.
If either the US or Israel is prepared to put the PA to the test, this clash will offer the clearest demonstration of whether the Palestinians have any intention of ever reaching a peace agreement with Israel.
The US or Israel should challenge Abbas, possibly during the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, to announce that he will no longer offer payments to those who engage in violence against Israelis; payments for past acts of terror could be continued.
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