Jonathan Schanzer is Foundation for Defense of Democracies research vice president. He testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee.
He said Abbas and his sons line their pockets lavishly. Others made similar comments. They're involved in all kinds of shady deals. They profit hugely. Bush and Obama officials did nothing to stop misuse of US funding.
Abbas prevents internal investigations. He enforces censorship. He targets press freedom. He blocks PA criticism. He wants his own malfeasance and that of his sons suppressed. He also crushes political opposition.
He's aged 77. He nears retirement. He has no vice president or heir apparent. Israeli officials wants control over who replaces him.
They also want occupation harshness unchallenged. Massive corruption is a small price to pay. Perhaps they steal plenty on their own.
Washington provides billions of dollars annually. How much goes to secret coffers, who knows. Apparently don't ask, don't tell is policy. Media scoundrels go along and say nothing.
A Final Comment
On December 10, Maan News said Palestine's Anti-Corruption Commission will institute legal proceedings against PA officials suspected of embezzling millions of dollars.
Commission head Natsheh said secret investigations were ongoing for sometime. Officials in Palestine suspected of complicity with Rashid are targeted. His whereabouts remain unknown.
The case goes well beyond him alone. Without naming names, Natsheh said Palestinian corruption is much bigger than what's known and/or alleged about Rashid.
It remains to be seen who's charged. Don't expect Abbas or others he wants protected to be among them.
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