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senate Bill S. 633

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.

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09/02/2015
"Hamas is sending missiles into Israel – a fact – and you know where some of those missiles are coming from. They’re coming from populated areas; that’s a fact. Hamas is using money that came into Gaza for construction purposes." [jpost.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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09/02/2015
"I have no sympathy for Hamas." Read more at http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/I-have-no-sympathy-for-Hamas-Obama-says-370298
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ScottWalker's Opinion
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04/26/2015
"We must repair the ruptured bonds between Israel and the United States." Read more at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414643/standing-our-friends-standing-our-enemies-scott-walker
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Argument opposed

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

myrouhani's Opinion
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03/19/2015
Israel is a far larger sponsor of terror and human rights abuses than any other country. After Netenyahu's statements against the two state solution, it should be plainly obvious that we must stop supporting Israel in their continued unjust occupation of Palestine.
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michaelbrodsky's Opinion
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04/09/2015
The best way to influence Palestinian policy is by means of tangible help / financial aid. The U.S. should incentivize moderate politics and sustained engagement with Israel.
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Alis's Opinion
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07/29/2015
It is certainly the knee jerk American political stance to support Israel without looking closely at the situation. I COMPLETELY DISAGREE! Israel has made a deliberate effort to remove all non-Jewish humans (Christian & Muslim) from the land their families had the misfortune to occupy--and pay taxes on--for the 1000 years before 1948. Israelis whine about how mean the Palestinians are--unarmed Palestinians throw rocks at tanks. Boo hoo. Gaza is a prison camp. People, who were displaced when Israel seized their land & homes, are trapped without any way to leave whether or not they support Hamas. There is almost no economy, no basic services and no hope for a better life no matter what anyone living in Gaza does. Anyone who says this wouldn't make them hate Israel under those circumstances is delusional. Cutting aid will only exacerbate a situation created by Israel's misguided religious zealotry.
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What is Senate Bill S. 633?

The bill prohibits the U.S. from sending funds (including loans or debt relief) to the Palestinian Authority (PA) or any affiliated government, with the goal being to improve relations between Israel and Palestine. This funding prohibition includes the organization Hamas.

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. 633

A CBO cost estimate 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.

More Information

In Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued in a press release that the bill incentivizes the Palestinian government to comply with the U.S.'s wishes:

"The Stand with Israel Act of 2015 sends a clear message: Unless the Palestinian Authority recognizes the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, ceases to work with terrorist organizations such as Hamas, and agrees to a lasting peace, this legislation will halt all U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority."

Of Note:

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:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces)

AKA

Stand with Israel Act of 2015

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
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    IntroducedMarch 3rd, 2015
    "Hamas is sending missiles into Israel – a fact – and you know where some of those missiles are coming from. They’re coming from populated areas; that’s a fact. Hamas is using money that came into Gaza for construction purposes." [jpost.com]
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    Israel is a far larger sponsor of terror and human rights abuses than any other country. After Netenyahu's statements against the two state solution, it should be plainly obvious that we must stop supporting Israel in their continued unjust occupation of Palestine.
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    "I have no sympathy for Hamas." Read more at http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/I-have-no-sympathy-for-Hamas-Obama-says-370298
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    The best way to influence Palestinian policy is by means of tangible help / financial aid. The U.S. should incentivize moderate politics and sustained engagement with Israel.
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    "We must repair the ruptured bonds between Israel and the United States." Read more at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414643/standing-our-friends-standing-our-enemies-scott-walker
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    "But when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they're using their civilian population to protect their military assets." [huffingtonpost.com]
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    "Wherever Jews are subjected to the oldest bigotry, we reject that sin...we defend them." twitter.com/jebbush
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    Our tax dollars should fund projects here at home, not abroad.
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    Support Israel and oppose their enemies! Even Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama agree that Hamas is an enemy to Israel.
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    As long as it's humanitarian aid, it should be continued. We don't need to send them any rockets to launch into Israel, however.
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    It is certainly the knee jerk American political stance to support Israel without looking closely at the situation. I COMPLETELY DISAGREE! Israel has made a deliberate effort to remove all non-Jewish humans (Christian & Muslim) from the land their families had the misfortune to occupy--and pay taxes on--for the 1000 years before 1948. Israelis whine about how mean the Palestinians are--unarmed Palestinians throw rocks at tanks. Boo hoo. Gaza is a prison camp. People, who were displaced when Israel seized their land & homes, are trapped without any way to leave whether or not they support Hamas. There is almost no economy, no basic services and no hope for a better life no matter what anyone living in Gaza does. Anyone who says this wouldn't make them hate Israel under those circumstances is delusional. Cutting aid will only exacerbate a situation created by Israel's misguided religious zealotry.
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    It is ISRAEL that is the terrorist state that should lose funding. Palestine has suffered enough.
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    There's zero evidence which would conclude Palestine supports terrorism. Palestine is try to survive and Israel is trying to eradicate them.
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    There are many good Palestinians and right now they are being oppressed and marginalized by the PA and Hamas. If you are a liberal and are upset about the plight of the Palestinians. Stop scapegoating Israel, a secular democracy, and focus on the root of the issue: radical Islamism and corruption in the Palestinian leadership. They have been offered a country of their own 4 times and rejected it every time. If you are a liberal but support Hamas and want a two state solution with a democracy, you are a hypocrite.
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    we are providing support to terrorists fighting each other for our own gain. we should cut funding to both of the countries.
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    The P.A should be forced to pay for the state sponsoring terrorism on innocent civilians.
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    "As Democratic Governors, we stand with Israel, and support the right of the people of Israel to defend themselves and their country from attack – as well as their right to ensure their own security." [facebook.com]
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    America First.
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    No funds for terrorists
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    Hamas is a terrorist organization funded by Iran. Why are we funding them as well? It shouldn't have happened in the first place.
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