More fat cash won’t stop the PA crime family

The PA and associates have a bad habit of squandering money, perhaps, over the years, not counting what the PA leaders have in their Swiss bank accounts. Who gets the $50 billion?

Jack Engelhard

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In the casino business, they refer to it as chasing good money after bad when a gambler keeps expecting different results from one bad bet after another.

It is no stretch to connect that thinking from Vegas to Ramallah, or Bahrain, where Jared Kushner just wrapped up “an economic workshop” intended to promote “prosperity” for the “Palestinian people.” So far as Kushner, the president’s son-in-law is concerned, this is phase one of the Trump peace plan…$50 Billion for openers. 

From Israel’s perspective, it’s the same game being played with the same loaded dice. More money for the usual suspects, and so what else is new?

Supposedly the package is slated for Palestinian Arab leaders other than those who inhabit the Palestinian Authority. Abbas and his gang boycotted the meeting, or were not invited, whatever the story. But plainly, it is recognized that the PA and associates have a bad habit of squandering money, perhaps, over the years, the same amount that Kushner is ready to hand over. 

Maybe more, maybe less than $50 Billion. It depends on how the money is being counted; the cash flow up front compared to the loot being distributed in back rooms amid brandy and cigars. Yes, Trump slashed the funding directly and to UNWRA. But the Palestinian Arabs still get more economic aid, charity if you prefer, than any similar group around the world. 

Whatever the shortfall from the United States, Arab countries (20 percent) and the EU (a whopping 53 percent) rush in to take up the slack.

The people get what’s left over. The bosses in Gaza and Ramallah live in villas.

It sounds like this: “If we give you enough money, will you cease hating Jews and stop killing Israelis?” (Answer below).
Well now, since the PA/PLO/Hamas godfathers and consiglieres can’t be trusted, at least not by us, who gets the $50 Billion jackpot? 

Let me know. I don’t think that detail has been figured in as to the entire peace package. On CNN with Wolf Blitzer, Kushner would not say who he’s been talking to, except that it isn’t Abbas or any other member of the PA. But the guessing is that he is putting his trust in Arab business leaders rather than the same old Palestinian Arab politicians.


Meantime, they still run the show…and if there is a new sheriff coming to town, the world, and surely the Israelis, need to know who or what it is.


Kushner surely means well, and Trump would never do anything to harm Israel, but the entire initiative has the feel of panic, and the smell of bribery…unintended to be sure.

It sounds like this: “If we give you enough money, will you cease hating Jews and stop killing Israelis?”

Not for all the money in the world, says Abbas.

PMW – Palestinian Media Watch, reports that Abbas is committed to his pay-to-slay program, above everything else, which means new schools, hospitals, roads, trains and planes, all of which are part of the economic stimulus package – means nothing to the Palestinian Arab rulership. Killing Israelis comes first. That stimulates them.

In other words, we are dealing with a crime family…racketeers…Murder Inc. 

In any other country, they’d be thrown out. An Israeli government invited them in, officially in 1995, through the Oslo Accords.

Even their Arab brothers living within Israel wanted no part of them, as they came storming in with Arafat.

From then to now, no amount of coaxing brought them any closer toward behaving civilized. An entire culture needs to change before any talks can even begin.

Until then…another peace plan… another toss of the dice.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.

He is the author of the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal.” His Holocaust to Montreal memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah” has been honored from page to screen at CANNES. His Inside Journalism thriller, “The Bathsheba Deadline,” is being prepared for the movies. Contemporaries have hailed him “The last Hemingway, a writer without peer, and the conscience of us all.” Website: