Thursday, November 29, 2012
Senators threaten to cut Palestinian aid in retaliation for U.N. action.
Senators threaten to cut Palestinian aid in retaliation for U.N. action.(WT).A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday they’ll push for a vote in Congress to kick the Palestinian Liberation Organization out of its Washington offices and threaten to withhold U.S. financial assistance if the Palestinians seek to use enhanced U.N. status against Israel.
The U.N. General Assembly was expected to vote later Thursday to recognize Palestine as a “non-member observer state,” which Israel and its supporters fear would give Palestinians a chance to use the International Criminal Court against Israel.
“This is a provocative, unhealthy step that will undermine the peace process,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican.
He is sponsoring an amendment along with Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, to administer what amounts to a legislative spanking for the Palestinians.
Mr. Schumer said the debate offers a good chance for bipartisanship in Congress. The senators said they’ll seek a vote as part of the defense policy bill debate, which is currently taking place on the Senate floor.
Under their legislation, the PLO would be kicked out of its Washington office until President Obama certifies that Palestinian officials are engaged in meaningful negotiations with Israel.
Potentially more damaging, though, is the threat to withhold U.S. foreign aid if Palestinians try to use the ICC to target Israelis.Hmmmm........Good luck with hoping that Obama would turn on the Palestinians.
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