Cantor Statement On New Palestinian Government

Posted by Nick Marcelli on

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement:

"The United States has long been committed to a negotiated, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Because we have believed the Palestinian Authority could be a partner in peace and the fight against terror, the U.S. has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinian Authority to build institutions that can make it more responsive to its own citizens, more capable of fighting terrorism and providing security, and more transparent and effective as an institution.

"Recent events raise serious doubts both about the willingness of the Palestinian Authority to forge peace with Israel and about its ability to govern in a transparent and responsive manner. Reports of corruption within the Palestinian Authority have increased, causing many to worry that American funds are propping up an organization more interested in lining its own pockets than in peace and developing a more promising future for the Palestinian people. More worrisome is President Abbas' decision to forge a national unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization responsible for innumerable attacks on Israel that remains totally committed to Israel's destruction.

"President Abbas argues that the new government is composed of ministers without political affiliation, but this new government appears dependent upon Hamas and Hamas continues to support terrorism in its quest to destroy the state of Israel. The burden lies with this new unity government to demonstrate in words and actions that it is truly independent of Hamas, that it rejects terrorism, and that it is committed to a peaceful two-state solution, including recognizing Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.

"The laws of the United States prohibit assistance to terrorist organizations. The Administration, in consultation with Congress, should initiate an immediate review of this new government. Until such time that it is determined that assistance to this so-called technocratic government is consistent with our own interests, principles, and laws it is incumbent on the Administration to suspend U.S. assistance."





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