US Congressional hearings to reconsider terminating Palestinian aid after formation of Hamas-Fatah unity gov’t.
The fundamental requirement in maintaining the aid is recognition of Israel – a step that Hamas adamantly opposed to take.
WASHINGTON – Mere days after the Palestinian Authority announced its intention to form a unity government with Hamas, the US Congress is examining the process required to cut off aid to the organization.
NEGOTIATION COLLAPSE The Israeli-Palestinian negotiating process collapsed after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed a unity pact in Gaza City with its militant rival Hamas on April 23. – Photo: SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS
A subcommittee on the Middle East in the House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the matter on Thursday, in search of a way forward after peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians ended bitterly last week. Continue Reading »
United bipartisan request to House committee for additional funding cites increased threat from Iran & Hezbollah, noting the aid is ‘in America’s interest’.
US lawmakers have called on Congress to increase funding for Israeli missile defense projects.
Last Thursday, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, urged a key House of Representatives panel to increase funding for Israel’s Iron Dome, Arrow, Arrow 3, and David’s Sling missile defense systems.
Specifically, they called for an increase of $175.9 million over the President’s budget and $130.9 million above fiscal year 2014 funding for the Iron Dome system. Continue Reading »
The Hezbollah Int’l Financial Prevention Act targets the terrorist organization’s fundraising activities & will restrict the Shiite terror group’s ability to use its funds to support global terrorist activities.
By Ynet news
The US House Foreign Affairs Committee was set to introduce new legislation that would toughen economic sanctions against Hezbollah, the committee announced Thursday.
“Hezbollah continues to represent a threat to the United States, Israel and the entire region,” Congressman Brad Schneider, one of the bill’s authors, said in a press release.
If passed, the Hezbollah International Financial Prevention Act would impose severe new sanctions on the Shiite organization’s fundraising channels, as well as restrict the Lebanese terror organization’s ability to use its funds to support global terrorist activities. Continue Reading »