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Israeli soldiers were forced to close off the area where a terror attack occurred near Hevron on Passover eve, in search of the terrorists.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would end financial aid to the Palestinian Authority unless the entity recognizes the State of Israel and officially abandons terrorism.

The legislation would cut off all aid, including loan guarantees and debt relief to the PA or any affiliated government entity, according to media reports.

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The exceptions to the measure require the president to certify that the PA has:

1. Formally recognized the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, 2. Publicly recognized the State of Israel, 3. Purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services, 4. Terminated funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement, 5. Publicly pledged to not engage in war with Israel, and 6. Honored previous diplomatic agreements.

In addition, the law would ban aid to the PA without a presidential waiver if a unity government is established that includes the Hamas terrorist organization, because Hamas refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and has vowed to destroy the Jewish State in any case.

According to a report published by The Washington Post, a spokesperson for Senator Paul explained that “the Palestinian Anti-Terrorist Act of 2006 contains a national security waiver that allows the President to waive elements of the law. Senator Paul’s legislation does not contain a national security waiver.”

What that means, said the spokesperson, is that the bill “takes the subjectivity out of the law by mandating that the PA renounces terrorism and terminates anti-American and anti-Israel incitement.”

Whether or not the PA security service is working secretly together with Israeli security is another matter.

That problem presents a quandary in that pulling the funding – or at least, the option of funding – from the hands of those who would negotiate with PA officials could be more dangerous than it appears. Keeping up the fight against terrorism even if it is a subtle and undercover effort on the PA side is worth financing. The question is – are the PA security forces actually doing that job?

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Why we are giving aid to the PA in the first place is beyond me. I don’t care if it is a duly elected (right) entity. There is no reason to give money to criminals who want to slip into your house in the night and cut your throat.

  2. All of you should look at this at a U.S point of veiw we've been very benevolent if you dont realize that your being foolish. The U.S has the power to make or break Isreal it would be smart to be more understanding. The U.S has been trying for a lifetime literally since the conception of Isreal as a country to try to bring peace to your region. We've spent considerable resources and money even though its not our fight to fight, if you look at it like that you can see why people are getting annoyed in our point of veiw this should have all been figured out in the '70s. Theres no bang for the buck.

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