Skip to comments.Senators tell Obama: Hamas is no partner for peace
Posted on 06/16/2014 12:11:02 PM PDT by SJackson
Bipartisan group of 88 senators sends U.S. president letter expressing "grave concern" over administration's decision to acknowledge new Palestinian unity government Fatah-Hamas government will be judged by its actions, State Department official says.
Hamas Politburo chief Khaled Mashaal and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas | Photo credit: AP
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A bipartisan group of 88 senators has expressed concern over Washington's apparent willingness to work with the new Palestinian unity government, which includes Hamas officials.
In a letter initiated by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), which was sent to U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, the senators described the Palestinian unity government as "a serious setback to efforts to achieve peace. ... We are gravely concerned that the formation of this government and President [Mahmoud] Abbas' renewed effort to upgrade the status of the Palestinians within international organizations, will jeopardize direct negotiations with Israel to achieve a two-state solution."
Hamas' actions and inaction, the senators wrote, have "demonstrated it is not a partner for peace [as] Hamas has openly called for Israels destruction."
The letter also warned that "these troubling developments, including the role played by Hamas in the formation of the government, have undermined congressional support for U.S. assistance to the Palestinians."
The United States considers Hamas a terror organization. Citing the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 and the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2014, the senators reminded Obama that U.S. law bars "foreign assistance to Hamas or any power-sharing government of which Hamas is a member or over which Hamas has undue influence."
"Any assistance should only be provided when we have confidence that this new government is in full compliance with the restrictions contained in current law," the letter said.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday, "We made a decision as the United States government that our assistance to the Palestinian Authority is important to the United States. And so that's why it is continuing."
She said Washington would judge the Palestinian unity government "by its actions, and we will address issues as needed moving forward, but nothing has changed at this point in time."
Not sure what Congress does.
Most dangerous administration in history. Pray that God gives Israel the strength and wisdom to defend itself.
Like they’re telling him something he didn’t know... LOL
> Bipartisan group of 88 senators sends U.S. president letter expressing “grave concern” over administration’s decision to acknowledge new Palestinian unity government.
In other words, Obama and his State Dept will do what they want to do...and 88 Senators can pound sand (along with Israel). When are the Democrats going to get a bellyful of this arrogant creep?