U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and his colleague in the Senate, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) have called on Secretary of State John Kerry to support “an immediate cut-off” of aid to aid from the U.S. to the Palestinian Authority, if the proposed “unity” government does not conform with the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006.
The rivaling government factions of Fatah and Hamas have come together to form an unified governing body in the Palestinian territories, which would heightened the threat of continued attacks against Israel.
Hamas refuses to acknowledge the Jewish state of Israel, and from what is coming out of the negotiations regarding this potential Palestinian unification, Hamas is not going to change its position on Israel.
Rubio and Kirk outline the key points that are stipulated in the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, in regards to the Hamas.
“As you know, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 sets detailed requirements for the continuation of U.S. assistance should Hamas be brought into the Palestinian Authority government.
The law is very clear. If Hamas comes to have a role in governance, there must be public acknowledgment of the Jewish state of Israel’s right to exist as well as acceptance of all previous agreements the Palestinians have made with Israel, the United States, and the international community,” the senators wrote.
“The law also requires that demonstrable progress be made toward dismantling of Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure and purging of individuals with ties to terrorism. Moreover, Hamas would need to halt its anti-American and anti-Israel incitement. The bar is high because the stakes are high and we must make sure to stand firmly by what we have said. Failing to do so will diminish the credibility of the United States.
“Unfortunately, we have already seen reports that influential voices within Hamas say a unity deal would not compel Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist,” they added.
“It seems clear, therefore, that the current plans for the Palestinian Authority continue to disregard the assurances needed to support Israel’s security and move the Palestinian people further away from the day when they can live in peace.
“Under the unity deal as we understand it, no effort whatsoever will be made to disarm Hamas or even request that it renounce terrorism before joining the PA. Having an armed terrorist group, which is still committed to violence against Israel, as part of the PA government should make that government ineligible for American aid,” they continued.
“We urge you to state publicly that there will be an immediate cut-off of relevant U.S. assistance unless there is full compliance with the letter and spirit of all provisions in the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act.”