Deadline: COB Tuesday, June 10th
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Contact Rachel Charles
firstname.lastname@example.org Urge Senators to Sign the Cardin-Collins Letter on Palestinian Aid
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) are
circulating a bipartisan letter addressed to President Obama in the wake
of the recent formation of a Palestinian Authority government backed by
Hamas. The Palestinian unity government represents a serious setback to
peace efforts. The letter urges the President to impress on President
Abbas the need to cease any alliance with Hamas and return to the
negotiating table with Israel. It also makes clear that U.S. assistance
to the Palestinian Authority should only be provided when "we have
confidence that this new government is in full compliance with
restrictions contained in current law."
"I am calling the Senator to urge him/ her to sign the Cardin-Collins
letter to the President. The letter outlines how a Hamas backed unity
government deeply undermines the cause of peace and calls for a review
of aid to the Palestinian Authority."
formation of a Palestinian Authority unity government backed by Hamas
is a disturbing setback for peace. Rather than pursue a peace agreement
with his willing Israeli partner, PA President Mahmoud Abbas chose to
align with an Islamist terrorist organization that seeks Israel’s
destruction and continues to perpetrate terror attacks against Israel.
Aid should be suspended to the PA while a thorough review should be
conducted of continued U.S. assistance to ensure that U.S. law, which
prohibits funds to a Palestinian government in which Hamas participates
or has undue influence, is completely followed and implemented.
The United States must ensure that any aid to the unity government
remains consistent with existing U.S. law, which stipulates that no
funds can be provided to a Palestinian government in which Hamas
participates or has undue influence.
Hamas’ role in the
unity government is not merely symbolic. Hamas leaders approved of the
ministerial slate and now intend to help determine government policy,
including the pathway forward to elections.
government allows Hamas to participate in the PA even though the
Islamist group has not accepted the Quartet’s demands to renounce
violence, recognize Israel’s right to
exist, and accept previous agreements.
The United States has consistently declared Hamas a terrorist
organization and rejected any attempts to engage Hamas prior to its
acceptance of the three criteria. President Clinton first designated
Hamas a terrorist organization in 1997, and this policy has been fully
supported and strengthened by subsequent U.S. administrations