The administration of the US President Donald Trump has been working hard to secure the flow of American aid to the security services of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Haaretz reported yesterday.
In a bid to maintain aid to the PA security services, Trump’s administration asked the senior American general in charge of security cooperation with the PA to the Congress to explain how cutting aid to the Palestinian security would undermine Israel’s security.
The US is afraid that the PA might decide to stop receiving US aid in order to avoid being subject to lawsuits in American courts.
Three months ago, US Congress passed a law that gives American courts the jurisdiction over any entity that receives financial aid from the US.
Based on this law, the PA, which is a recipient of regular US financial aid, would be exposed to lawsuits filed in the American courts over claimed acts of terror as it would be blamed for the consequences of the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation.
Previous lawsuits filed in the American courts against the PA have failed.