Saturday, October 1, 2011

US Congress freezes $200 million in aid to Palestinians

US lawmakers have frozen $200 million
in aid to Palestine in the wake of their UN
statehood bid
© AFP/File Jack Guez
AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Key US lawmakers are blocking about $200 million in Palestinian aid in response to the territories' UN statehood bid, congressional aides said Saturday.

Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have frozen the funding "until the Palestinian statehood issue is sorted out," one of the aides told AFP.

The economic package is separate from security aid, which the US lawmakers say would be counterproductive to block. They fear that withholding those funds would weaken the ability of Palestinian security forces to quell anti-Israel violence.

A coalition of Israel-backing Democrats and conservative Republican lawmakers are angered by the Palestinian bid for United Nations membership. Both the United States and Israel insist that only direct negotiations can produce an accord leading to Palestinian statehood.

US lawmakers earlier warned against the Palestinian bid.

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"There must be consequences for Palestinian and UN actions that undermine any hope for true and lasting peace," Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on September 23.

Representative Nita Lowey, the top Democrat on the House panel that oversees foreign aid, warned that the annual $500 million in economic and security assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) was at risk.

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the number-two House Democrat, Representative Steny Hoyer, have accused Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas of shunning direct peace talks in favor of "diplomatic warfare" against Israel.

"Congress will not sit idly by. The US will likely reconsider its assistance program for the PA and other aspects of US-Palestinian relations should the Palestinians choose to move forward in requesting a vote on statehood," they said in a joint September 22 opinion article in the New York Daily News.

© AFP -- Published at Activist Post with license


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

why are we sending aid to palestinians? has Obama totally lost it. ANYONE OR NATION THAT DOESN'T ACCEPT ISREALS AS A NATION SHOULDN'T BE GETTING AIDE PERIOD. STOP SENDING MY TAX DOLLARS TO ANY ENEMY OF ISREAL.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm

Punish the women and children after all that is what Israel has been doing for decades. Why should the israeli American congress act any differently?
It is the American way to bully the poor and starve the women and children. That is how we have always won the hearts and minds......In the end it is clear that the traitors in congress will doing what ever israel wants no matter how evil, illegal, unethical and wrong it may be.

zazz said...

The US congress should consider diverting the funds to satan’s minions in israel. Let evil show itself in the most open way possible and hasten the inevitable reset of the US and global political systems.

The Palestinians will continue to strengthen their faith in the heavenly Father to see them through, as He always has and will continue to do so.

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