Twenty-seven U.S. Senators have sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to reevaluate U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority. The letter asks that he consider cutting aid to the PA altogether in response to the announced unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas.
The letter asks the White House to reaffirm its previous stance that it would not work with any Palestinian government that includes Hamas. It asks that the president consider cutting aid to the PA should Hamas, which both the United States and Israel designate a terrorist group, remain in the Palestinian government.
Preconditions in U.S. law prevent aid from being provided to a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, unless the government and all its members have publically committed to the Quartet principles.
“It is imperative for you to make clear to (Palestinian Authority) President (Mahmoud) Abbas that Palestinian Authority participation in a unity government with an unreformed Hamas will jeopardize its relationship with the United States, including its receipt of U.S. aid,” the letter urges the president.
“We urge you to conduct a review of the current situation and suspend aid should Hamas refuse to comply with Quartet conditions,” the senators wrote.