These funds are not international donations but rather tax revenue that legitimately belong to the Palestinian Authority. Pretty much the entire world, including the EU and US, have
demanded requested that Israel turn over the funds. Of course, Israel, being the great ally of the US, Europe, Scandanavia that it is, has once again thumbed its nose at the very countries that have spent the last three years running around like idiots providing diplomatic cover for Israel- whether it be by sinking the UN resolution condemning illegal settlements, sabotaging the Gaza Flotilla, putting the breaks on the Goldstone Report or engaging in self-defeating actions at the UN with respect to Palestinian statehood- all this has been done at the behest of Israel despite the fact that it has squandered what little goodwill we had in the Arab world and reinforces the fact that the US-mediated peace process is a joke. And what do we get in return from Israel? Nada, nothing, zilch.
And what punishment will Israel receive for illegally withholding Palestinian funds? Nada, nothing, zilch. And what punishment do the Palestinians receive for engaging in legal diplomatic activity at the United Nations? Well, we’ve done everything in our power to punish them by ensuring their statehood bid will fail and by pulling funding not only from the PA but from any agencies who dare to formally recognize them. Take that you filthy Arabs!
So, just to review- the Palestinians are punished for daring to speak out in an international forum- a totally legal act- while the Israelis are rewarded for ongoing illegal settlement construction and illegally withholding Palestinian tax revenue. And still, Barack Obama is derided as anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian. Amazing.