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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 veteran 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 is an NPR contributor and 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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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.
38 weeks ago
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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.
38 weeks ago
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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?
38 weeks ago
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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?

38 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.
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