The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, released a statement saying “According to existing U.S. law, such a hybrid government cannot be a recipient of U.S. taxpayer funds because the law stipulates that the PA government must recognize the Jewish state of Israel’s right to exist, among other things. Therefore, in order to implement existing law, the U.S. must end assistance to the Palestinian Authority.”
She criticized Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to reconcile with Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, saying that he has shown that his leadership “is not a partner for peace.”
“If reports are correct, the PA would then be standing with those who want only death and destruction for Israel,” Ros-Lehtinen.
For Congress, a day without threatening to sanction or cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority for some reason or other is like a day without sunshine. But it’s especially hilarious with this ignorant sack of low-wattage bulbs in charge. Ros-Lehtinen just recently campaigned to cut funding to the UN for any activity that was not in the exclusive interest of the US [and, of course, Israel]. I’m looking into the law mentioned here, where apparently aid to the Palestinian Authority is tied into “recognition of Israel’s right to exist” by all parties and individuals in the legislature. Like almost every idea produced by this individual, I have a feeling it’s 90% bigotry fueled fantasy.