Rubio To Obama: Warn Palestinians Foreign Aid Is On The Line
President Obama should warn the Palestinian Authority that their new pact with Hamas has put their foreign aid in danger of being revoked, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) urged in a new letter today.
The Senators criticized the decision of the PLO and Fatah to pursue a unity government with Hamas, suggesting that it was in violation of the 2006 Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act.
“The law is very clear. If Hamas comes to have a role in governance, there must be public acknowledgment of the Jewish state of Israel’s right to exist as well as acceptance of all previous agreements the Palestinians have made with Israel, the United States, and the international community,” the senators wrote.
Rubio and Kirk appeared pessimistic that Hamas would ever renounce terrorism or accept Israel’s right to exist, and suggested that Kerry make a public statement about the issue to strengthen the international credibility of the United States.
“We urge you to state publicly that there will be an immediate cut-off of relevant U.S. assistance unless there is full compliance with the letter and spirit of all provisions in the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act,” they wrote.
Their letter is a similar vein as the bill proposed by Sen. Rand Paul, (R-KY) which would defund aid to the Palestinian Authority until they recognize the the State of Israel, but suggests the power to do so already exists under current law.
“I think that’s not the conclusion of negotiations—I think that’s the starting point,” Paul said to Breitbart News. “To me that shouldn’t be a sticking point. That’s sort of where you start.”