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senate Bill S. 2265

Cutting Off Funds to Hamas and The Palestinian Authority

Argument in favor

The U.S. should not be providing any aid to a Palestinian government that supports terrorism.

Timothy's Opinion
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08/14/2016
Hamas and the PA are two of the largest barriers to peace.
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Jazz's Opinion
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01/21/2017
We should be giving it to the people in need, the government will deal with itself. The PEOPLE are who need it.
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Argument opposed

Punishing Palestinian civilians by cutting off humanitarian aid is not going to win over the Palestinian government.

Sarmat's Opinion
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03/11/2016
I agree that no US funding should go towards Hamas, but the PA (while having a unity government in 2014 between Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza) Hamas does not operate under the Palestinian Authority, which is the central government of the Palestinian Territories in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Realize that Hamas controls the Gaza Strip, so the PA is powerless there (PA also controls Ramallah in the West Bank and about 18% of territory in the West Bank)
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AaronJTx's Opinion
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03/31/2016
We should cut military aid to Israel, not humanitarian aid to Palestine.
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What is Senate Bill S. 2265?

The bill prohibits the U.S. from sending funds (including loans or debt relief) to the Palestinian Authority (PA) or any affiliated government. These restrictions will remain in place unless the President certifies that the PA has:

  - Formally recognized Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

  - Publicly recognized the state of Israel.

  - Abandoned terrorism.

  - Removed from duty any members of its security forces with ties to terrorism.

  - Canceled all funding for anti-American & anti-Israel incitement.

  - Publicly pledged not to wage war against Israel.

  - Respected previous diplomatic agreements.

Impact

The President, State Departments, and Palestinian governments (including Hamas).

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2265

A CBO analysis of this bill is currently unavailable. For the 2014 fiscal year, appropriations for aid to the Palestinians were $440 million. The Obama administration has requested $441 million for 2015, but this money has yet to be granted.

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In Depth:

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been governed by a unity coalition formed by political groups Hamas and Fatah since June 2014. Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the European Union. Consequently, Hamas’ inclusion in the coalition government puts the PA in danger of not receiving aid from the U.S. for democratic reforms, humanitarian services, and economic development.

Current law says that no aid is allowed for PA governments exposed to “undue influence” from Hamas, and Hamas is explicitly prevented from receiving aid. It is unclear whether the Fatah-Hamas unity government will cause a change in this policy going forward.

Under current law there is a presidential waiver that can be used against the ban if providing aid to the PA enhances U.S. national security. The waiver can also be used if the Secretary of State ensures that the PA is properly administering the funds.

It's unclear if the Obama administration will continue to use this waiver to provide aid to the PA. If S.2265 is enacted, that waiver would be eliminated, taking the decision out of the President’s hands.

Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Rand Paul (R-KY) Press Release

Washington Post

Washington Free Beacon

Mother Jones

National Review

(Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces)

AKA

Stand with Israel Act of 2014

Official Title

A bill to prohibit certain assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedApril 29th, 2014
    I agree that no US funding should go towards Hamas, but the PA (while having a unity government in 2014 between Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza) Hamas does not operate under the Palestinian Authority, which is the central government of the Palestinian Territories in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Realize that Hamas controls the Gaza Strip, so the PA is powerless there (PA also controls Ramallah in the West Bank and about 18% of territory in the West Bank)
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    We should cut military aid to Israel, not humanitarian aid to Palestine.
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    Cutting off humanitarian aid to the victims of genocide is inexcusable.
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    We should be giving it to the people in need, the government will deal with itself. The PEOPLE are who need it.
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    Hamas and the PA are two of the largest barriers to peace.
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    Where's the bill to cut funding to Israel? It's an independent state. We need that money for many things right here on our own soil. Please stop funding Israel.
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    Hamas = terrorism
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