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House Freezes Palestinian Aid

October 4, 2011 Comments off

According to the JTA, Ilana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, is holding back almost $200 million of aid to the Palestinian Authority unless they back off their actions at the U.N.

The question:  Why?  Does she have an answer as to what the potential consequences of withholding these funds will have on the ground?  If the P.A. cannot maintain its payments to its security forces or its humanitarian aid – doesn’t this a) increase the likelihood of protests, b) reduce the ability of the P.A. security forces to help quell any violent reaction, and c) potentially increase the attractiveness of Hamas? 

Read more at JTA:   House committee chair places hold on Palestinian aid

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