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June 11, 2014 - 3:53 pm

The Senate ganged up this afternoon on an administration that is continuing aid to the Palestinian Authority despite its unity pact with Hamas.

In fact, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said today that the latest rocket fire from Gaza into Israel would not affect U.S. aid to the Palestinians.

“Obviously, we’re concerned about it and we condemn it in the strongest terms. But his – President Abbas’s ability to impact these type of attacks is really severely limited at this point in time,” Psaki told reporters.

“This was the creation of an interim technocratic government. Obviously, at some point there will be elections. This is an interim period,” she continued. “As we’ve long stated, we’ll – we’re continuing assistance if we – but we’ll be watching closely and if something changes, so we’ll act accordingly.”

Psaki said assistance would continue “because the Palestinian people and our relationship with the Palestinian Authority is an important relationship to the United States.”

“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.”

However, a supermajority of the Senate isn’t on board.

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) led the letter signed by a total of 88 senators expressing “strong reservations” about U.S. policy toward the new Palestinian unity government.

“We are gravely concerned that the formation of this government and President 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,” the letter states.

“By its actions and inaction, Hamas has demonstrated it is not a partner for peace. Hamas has openly called for Israel’s destruction and last month Hamas leaders again repeated their refusal to meet recognized international demands: recognition of Israel, renunciation of terror, and acceptance of previous Israel-PLO agreements.”

The senators note that continuing to provide assistance runs afoul of the law.

“Recent events have consequences as to U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority as provided for in the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 and restrictions contained in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2014, including prohibiting foreign assistance to Hamas or any power-sharing government of which Hamas is a member or over which Hamas has undue influence,” the letter continues.

“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. 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. We urge you to continue to impress on President Abbas the need for him to cease any alliance with terrorist organizations such as Hamas and to return to the negotiating table with Israel.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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The Woodstock Jihadists do not care one whit about Israel.

They hate Netanyahu.

Hamas hurling rockets is akin to black hoodlums playing the "knockout" game. It is the "victims of oppression" engaged in "acting out" and "hitting back" at people who "deserve it".

This is why Pissant Psaki is trotted out to say that they are "watching", but really wants to say...we sent Malley...the guy with Jew hatred in his bloodlines coursing through his veins..to talk to Hamas six years ago! Get a clue, people. Try to catch up. Dinners with Rashid Khalidi? Tapes held hostage by the LA Times?

Hellloooo? Anybody home? Of course we don't care about dead Israelis. We just can't say that because we want money and votes from their cousins here.
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The Evil genie is out of the Bottle. It all began in 1967 when the Israeli Forces reclaimed all of Jerusalem but in a moment of weakness and misguided secular-Jewish largesse decided to allow the Muslim's Al Aksa Mosque to remain undisturbed on Temple Mount. Temple Mount is a Spiritual Vortex, given to the Jewish Nation to safeguard by the Holy ONE, the Omnipotent Force of all Forces in the Universe, with strict instructions as to what is allowed and forbidden on this most Awesome and powerful Spiritual Powerplant on planet earth. The Jewish People have no Spiritual claim to the Holy Land when they do not fulfill their 'part of the bargain', that is, their G-d given responsibility under the Covenant to serve as
Custodians of the Mount. In effect, fulfilling that responsibility, more than any historical claims or 'legal' titles of ownership is what gives legitimacy to the Jewish possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
On a deep and subconscious spiritual level this truth is felt if not understood not only by the European Union and United Nations but particularly by our half brothers in the Muslim world who have rightfully concluded the weakness and spiritual faithlessness of the Jewish Nation in spurning G-d's Will. Their fraudulent possession of Temple Mount and the Israeli Government's complicity in reinforcing of this fraud by officially forbidding any Jewish prayer or even for Jews to set foot there has caused a world-shattering metaphysical imbalance, a short-circuit so to speak.
Since 1967 the cancer of Radical Islam has metastasized world-wide, threatening every civilization with physical and spiritual destruction. The 9-11 attacks, Islamic unrest and Sharia in Europe, everywhere Islam has a presence, the dread and unspeakable menace of two nuclear armed Islamic States, Pakistan and soon Iran just to name a very few nightmares. Is this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that all three major religions hold Jerusalem as sacred ground to be fought and died for? A coincidence that Jerusalem is never mentioned in Islam's holiest book, Koran, yet thousands of times in Jewish Scripture!
The truth is that nothing can stop this Cancer from spreading. Not Armed forces, Drone assassinations, Civil laws or security checkpoints. Not even the false panacea of a 'successful' political settlement with Arab Palestinians in Judea/Samaria for 'Palestinian' Statehood there will turn the tide and return the 'Genie' to the 'box'. Those are nothing but band-aids on soon-to-be terminal cancer. And more and more as the nations of the world, including formerly friendly ones in European Capitols and Washington D.C. Quietly have begun to openly question the merits, even the 'legitimacy' of the Jewish State, the situation facing Israel has become dire. Far worse than Iranian nukes is this other threat. Sadly, more and more American Jews have come to question Israeli status in that region. The BDS movement grows on American University campuses, most troubling as it now includes growing numbers of young liberal Jewish students, men and women.
Militarily, politically, philosophically, morally ...Israel is becoming weakened on many fronts. It is not certain the Jewish State can survive much longer under the expanded front.
Unless...The Jewish Nation will do what should have been done in 1967. Remove the Al Aksa from Temple Mount. Restore the balance to the Spiritual Vortex as was intended by the Holy ONE. There Is No Other Way. Yes, it will be painful. The region and world will bleed with Muslim fury and world-violence. For a while. And then, the cancer will die as the Genie of Spiritual imbalance is returned to the Bottle. There Is No Other Way. And Time Is Running Out.



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A key point here is that with the PA/Hamas unity pact, there are newly appointed senior Palestinians who have not yet purchased seaside villas on the French Riviera. Continued US money will solve this terrible inequity and help bring peace to this troubled area.
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Let's see here, hamas and the PLO unify and the newly formed government proceeds to launch missiles into our only true ally in the middle east (Israel) and the Obama administration says we will continue to fund the Palestinians. How about telling the Palestinians that any strike on Israel means ( NO MORE MONEY) Oh wait I forgot, that would take true leadership.
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What a shame those 88 didn't write a letter that goes like this:

"Mr. President:
We have determined that your continued lawlessness and blatant exposure of America to her enemies represents a clear and present danger. We have compiled a list of your transgressions and find that they surpass, by a wide margin, the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors".

We serve you notice today that unless you immediately resign we, in conjunction with an Impeachment in the House of Representatives, will vote to convict you of offenses against the United States, remove you from office, and thereafter ensure that you are charged in the criminal courts for your crimes.

Sincerely,
The US Senate"


Oh, I can dream, can't I?
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“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.”
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Yeah - whats a few missiles anyway? A few dead Jews isn't going to upset anyone, right?

I keep asking the same old question and I'll ask it again: If Obama were a muslim what would he do differently?

6 weeks ago
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The Woodstock Jihadists do not care one whit about Israel.

They hate Netanyahu.

Hamas hurling rockets is akin to black hoodlums playing the "knockout" game. It is the "victims of oppression" engaged in "acting out" and "hitting back" at people who "deserve it".

This is why Pissant Psaki is trotted out to say that they are "watching", but really wants to say...we sent Malley...the guy with Jew hatred in his bloodlines coursing through his veins..to talk to Hamas six years ago! Get a clue, people. Try to catch up. Dinners with Rashid Khalidi? Tapes held hostage by the LA Times?

Hellloooo? Anybody home? Of course we don't care about dead Israelis. We just can't say that because we want money and votes from their cousins here.
6 weeks ago
6 weeks ago Link To Comment

The Evil genie is out of the Bottle. It all began in 1967 when the Israeli Forces reclaimed all of Jerusalem but in a moment of weakness and misguided secular-Jewish largesse decided to allow the Muslim's Al Aksa Mosque to remain undisturbed on Temple Mount. Temple Mount is a Spiritual Vortex, given to the Jewish Nation to safeguard by the Holy ONE, the Omnipotent Force of all Forces in the Universe, with strict instructions as to what is allowed and forbidden on this most Awesome and powerful Spiritual Powerplant on planet earth. The Jewish People have no Spiritual claim to the Holy Land when they do not fulfill their 'part of the bargain', that is, their G-d given responsibility under the Covenant to serve as
Custodians of the Mount. In effect, fulfilling that responsibility, more than any historical claims or 'legal' titles of ownership is what gives legitimacy to the Jewish possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
On a deep and subconscious spiritual level this truth is felt if not understood not only by the European Union and United Nations but particularly by our half brothers in the Muslim world who have rightfully concluded the weakness and spiritual faithlessness of the Jewish Nation in spurning G-d's Will. Their fraudulent possession of Temple Mount and the Israeli Government's complicity in reinforcing of this fraud by officially forbidding any Jewish prayer or even for Jews to set foot there has caused a world-shattering metaphysical imbalance, a short-circuit so to speak.
Since 1967 the cancer of Radical Islam has metastasized world-wide, threatening every civilization with physical and spiritual destruction. The 9-11 attacks, Islamic unrest and Sharia in Europe, everywhere Islam has a presence, the dread and unspeakable menace of two nuclear armed Islamic States, Pakistan and soon Iran just to name a very few nightmares. Is this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that all three major religions hold Jerusalem as sacred ground to be fought and died for? A coincidence that Jerusalem is never mentioned in Islam's holiest book, Koran, yet thousands of times in Jewish Scripture!
The truth is that nothing can stop this Cancer from spreading. Not Armed forces, Drone assassinations, Civil laws or security checkpoints. Not even the false panacea of a 'successful' political settlement with Arab Palestinians in Judea/Samaria for 'Palestinian' Statehood there will turn the tide and return the 'Genie' to the 'box'. Those are nothing but band-aids on soon-to-be terminal cancer. And more and more as the nations of the world, including formerly friendly ones in European Capitols and Washington D.C. Quietly have begun to openly question the merits, even the 'legitimacy' of the Jewish State, the situation facing Israel has become dire. Far worse than Iranian nukes is this other threat. Sadly, more and more American Jews have come to question Israeli status in that region. The BDS movement grows on American University campuses, most troubling as it now includes growing numbers of young liberal Jewish students, men and women.
Militarily, politically, philosophically, morally ...Israel is becoming weakened on many fronts. It is not certain the Jewish State can survive much longer under the expanded front.
Unless...The Jewish Nation will do what should have been done in 1967. Remove the Al Aksa from Temple Mount. Restore the balance to the Spiritual Vortex as was intended by the Holy ONE. There Is No Other Way. Yes, it will be painful. The region and world will bleed with Muslim fury and world-violence. For a while. And then, the cancer will die as the Genie of Spiritual imbalance is returned to the Bottle. There Is No Other Way. And Time Is Running Out.



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Yoelarry, this cancer will never die. 

Cancers can only be excised, nuked or drugged out of a body but this particular one will always leave metacticized cells wherever it has been.

Getting the Temple Mount back would be a good start, however.  

(nukes on Mecca and Medina couldn't hurt either.)
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I suspect the day of reckoning is at hand, given what is happening in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan with the al Qaeda offshoot taking over cities and establishing finally their Caliphate. The next step, after assimilating the weakened (thanks to Obama) nations in the MidEast, will be to make good on the threat to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.

At which point, those regions harboring the evil that is al Qaeda will become sheets of glass incapable of sustaining life.
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