House wants PA-Hamas ‘unity govt’ designated a terrorist organization

House wants PA-Hamas ‘unity govt’ designated a terrorist organization

[Ed. – Glad to see somebody’s paying attention.  Of course it’s a terrorist organization if Hamas is part of it.  But it’s equally important that it’s an unreconstructed insurgency against a U.S. ally — Israel — if Hamas is part of it, and therefore we shouldn’t have ties with it or send it money.  We’ve been on this slippery slope for some time now.  Oslo is dead; the Arab Spring has materially changed all the regional conditions; the whole thing, including U.S. policy, needs to be rethought.]

U.S. lawmakers and Israeli officials have expressed shock in recent days that the Obama administration is willing to work with the new Palestinian unity government, which united the ruling Fatah party with the Hamas terrorist group that runs the Gaza Strip.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle maintain that the unity deal violates a U.S. law banning taxpayer dollars from being sent to any Palestinian government that includes Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.

However, the Obama administration has sought to exploit loopholes in the law and announced in recent days that it is willing to work with the new Hamas-backed government, despite Israeli objections.

The new congressional resolution maintains that there should be consequences for these moves and pushes for the PA to quickly dissolve the new government and outlaw Hamas. …

The resolution additionally criticizes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for harming U.S. efforts to forge a peace deal by unilaterally pursuing statehood at the United Nations and condoning “anti-Israel incitement,” according to draft text of the measure.

It also takes aim at Abbas and the PA for “rampant corruption” that includes paying salaries and “other forms of compensation” to imprisoned terrorists and their families.

“The Palestinian Authority’s highly advertised terrorist salary program incentivizes killings and bombings against innocent civilians, which includes the murder of at least 54 United States citizens since 1993 and more than 83 injured,” the resolution states.

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