In March, when Trump signed the Taylor Force Act into law, he made clear that US assistance comes with certain conditions. The law promises that US aid to the Palestinian Authority will cease until the PA stops financially rewarding terrorists and their surviving family members.
Conventional wisdom said the US needed to aid the PA as much as possible, lest the body collapse, leaving a vacuum that could easily be filled by the more openly radical Hamas. The concern is a valid one, but so is the concern that in funding the PA, the US was essentially subsidizing terror against Israeli civilians.
When Trump signed the bill, it seemed unlikely that other countries would soon follow suit. But news broke Monday that Australia will no longer fund the PA directly because, as foreign minister Julie Bishop said, "there is opportunity for it to use its own budget to [fund] activities that Australia would never support."

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