U.S. Lawmaker: Palestinian State Declaration Could Hurt U.S. Aid to PA

(Jerusalem Post) Hilary Leila Krieger - Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.), chairwoman of the House appropriations subcommittee overseeing foreign aid, has warned that the U.S. could reduce aid to the Palestinians if they pursue a unilateral declaration of statehood at the UN. "That would be a very, very bad thing to do," she told the Jerusalem Post. "It would be a very serious step. It also could affect our funding at the UN." According to an aide to a Democrat on Granger's subcommittee, "The aid to the Palestinians includes the U.S.' understanding that the Palestinians will continue to keep pursuing peace with Israel as per the Oslo agreement. If they were to unilaterally declare a state, they would be violating that understanding....There's no question that if they were to unilaterally declare a state, it would affect our aid."

2011-04-20 00:00:00

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