Wednesday, July 13, 2011

about time, however

U.S. Aid to Palestinians in Jeopardy over Hamas Link - Donna Cassata
American aid to the Palestinians is in jeopardy over their ties to the terrorist group Hamas, unwillingness to restart negotiations with Israel, and push for statehood at the UN over U.S. resistance, congressional Republicans and Democrats warned on Tuesday. Lawmakers signaled that U.S. assistance to the Palestinians could be eliminated as Fatah and Hamas reconcile and try to form a new government. Israel and the U.S. consider Hamas a terrorist organization.

Elias Groll
The Obama administration forcefully pushed back Tuesday against threats from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to cut off aid to the Palestinian government because of its ties to the Hamas terror group. In defending assistance to the PA, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Jacob Walles told Congress that American financial support for the Palestinian government helps build institutions and strengthen stability, both of which he said are keys to a future peace deal with Israel. (Politico

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