web analytics
October 20, 2014 / 26 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Home » News & Views

House Foreign Affairs Comm Chair: ‘No Money, No Political Support for PA’

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), firmly denounced  the decision made the United Nations General Assembly to elevate the status of  “Palestine” (the Palestine Liberation Organization) to non-member observer state at the UN.

In a statement issued on the day of the vote, Nov 29, Cong. Ros-Lehtinen said that Mahmoud Abbas is not a partner for peace and that his action at the U.N. will “push peace with Israel even further away.”

The Florida Congresswoman said that the decision by Abbas to ignore the U.S.’s strongly-worded and repeatedly given advice that he not attempt to achieve unilateral goals through the U.N. rather than through negotiations with Israel, made “crystal clear” that Abbas and his compatriots “do not value their relationship with the U.S.”

In addition to withholding all U.S. funds for “Palestine” the committee chair also intends to pull U.S. funding for any U.N. agencies that grant membership to “Palestine,” as is required under U.S. law.

Cong. Doug Lamborn (CO-5), co-chair of the Republican Israel Caucus and the Israel Allies Caucus also issued a statement through email denouncing the U.N. shenanigans.  He said that the action taken by Abbas could, “inflame tensions in the region and ultimately hurt their efforts to achieve statehood and a lasting peace.”

Lamborn also called for the cutting off of foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority as the result of its effort to gain statehood outside of direct negotiations with Israel.” 

Although the U.S. administration strongly opposed and voted against this measure at the U.N., Ros-Lehtinen also included a warning to the U.S. administration in her statement.

She said, “if the Administration again seeks to gut U.S. law and keep funding those reckless UN agencies, Congress’ response must be simple: No.”

Last year Abbas sought to gain full United Nations membership through the UN Security Council.  That gambit was rebuffed by a threat by the U.S. to veto any such motion.  However, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization went ahead and recognized “Palestine” as a UNESCO state member.  As a result of that decision, and in compliance with U.S. law, Congress cut UNESCO’s funding. However, after heavy congressional lobbying by the administration, the funding was restored in late April of this year through the implementation of a waiver.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

10 Responses to “House Foreign Affairs Comm Chair: ‘No Money, No Political Support for PA’”

  1. Don Steele says:

    She has ALWAYS been a strong supporter of Israel. Moreso than many Jews.

  2. OUT FRIGGING STANDING!

  3. Edward Lobel says:

    Just so you know she is gone in 29 days!

  4. Anonymous says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! FINALLY, SOMEONE WITH COURAGE, INTEGRITY, COMMON SENSE, INTELLIGENCE, AND KNOWLEDGE OF U.S. LAW! ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN FOR PRESIDENT!

  5. The Republicans will still control the House of Representatives. And it is still the law of the United States

  6. Sarita Brandwayn Spiwak says:

    We feel very privilege to have Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as strong ally of our beloved Israel!!!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has been an outstanding Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Due to tge House rules she will have to leave this position in a month. Who is slated to replace her?

  8. Joe Ritchie says:

    I think that it is time to get rid of that worthless, costly body called the UN. They only support terrorists, dictators, and communist ideology.

  9. With the resumption of funding UNESCO after been lobbied , USA has shown that they merely bark without bite and no one can easily rely on the USA now in this dispensation now that ABBAS had won his battle, US again can still be lobbied and forget the pains afflicted against ISRAEL.It appears that the UN does not want to listen to any complain Israel had complained to the council about their security concerned with Palestine and needed guarrante which was ignored , and UN was aware of Israeli position.The issue now is ABBAS can't rub peace and want peace.We would patiently wait and see whether Israel will be forced out of their God given LAND to appease Palestine in the name of peace through the Un.

  10. Abu Al-Abed says:

    Would it have been so bad just this once to stand up and say, “Yes, 3.
    million Palestinians have the human right to have a state and proper.
    representation in world affairs.” It would have been right. It would
    have been just. And today, we could have held our heads just as high as.
    the days when we defeated the Nazis and led the vote which granted.
    Israel statehood. But for now, I am ashamed.
    @@@
    by JACK HAMLIN on DECEMBER 3, 2012.
    it was United.
    States who acted shame, voting against this small first step. I have yet.
    to find the legitimate reason, perhaps over the next few days someone.
    from the White House will tell us why. I, for one, am not holding my.
    breath. I am, however, ashamed.
    @@@
    http://sandiegofreepress.org/2012/12/shame-on-us-palestines-first-step-to-statehood-and-liberation-but-where-were-we/#comment-40078

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Aerial view of Yemenite Village of HaShiloach, Old City of Jerusalem and Mt. of Olives.
Jews to Double Presence in Old Yemenite Village of Shiloach, Silwan
Latest News Stories
Aerial view of Yemenite Village of HaShiloach, Old City of Jerusalem and Mt. of Olives.

Jews once thrived in the Shiloach area of old Jerusalem, known also as Silwan. Arabs and British came and drove them out. Now, they have returned.

Yitzchak Shamir Road

Prime Minister Netanyahu (L) congratulates Minister Yair Shamir (M) as President Ruby Rivlin and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat look on (in the background), as Jerusalem’s new Road 9 is named after former Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, Israel’s 7th prime minister, who passed away in 2012. Yair Shamir, who looks very much like is father (and […]

Ismail Haniyeh, highest ranking Hamas member in Gaza, pictured Nov. 25, 2012.

#BDSFail as daughter of Hamas leader is treated in Israeli hospital.

Abbas was denounced by the SWC for trying to disassociate Jews from their holy sites and inciting violence against them.

The Jerusalem Intifada continues on…

A clear majority of Jewish Israelis oppose a Palestinian state, once they’re told the details of what it means.

Hamas has continued to test-fire its homemade rockets, firing them into the Mediterranean and into the Sinai desert in Egypt, where it has spotters. It is possible that the sirens this morning were tripped by such test launches.

The General Security Services (Shabak) of the State of Israel believes that more Israeli Muslims are preparing to join ISIS.

Israeli forces take part in a mass Ebola identification training exercise at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan on October 17, 2014. Officials and employees from the Population Immigration and Border Authority, airlines, the Magen David Adom emergency medical services, the Health Ministry and the police participated in the drill, aimed at identifying travelers who […]

It’s raining today in Jerusalem, the first major rain storm of the new year.

Giuliani to keynote Klinghoffer opera’s opening night press conference and protest rally

At least 5 swastikas were discovered painted on the Temple Mount.

It is hard to believe, but Egypt is now dependent on Israel for gas instead of the other way around.

The checkpoint near Jenin was closed after the IDF thought a person passing through was a suicide bomber.

Barzilai hospital searched for its resident doctor-turned-terrorist after he disappeared and discovered that he changed professions.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Ismail Haniyeh, highest ranking Hamas member in Gaza, pictured Nov. 25, 2012.

#BDSFail as daughter of Hamas leader is treated in Israeli hospital.

Mahmoud Abbas, acting leader of the Palestinian Authority

Abbas was denounced by the SWC for trying to disassociate Jews from their holy sites and inciting violence against them.

Giuliani to keynote Klinghoffer opera’s opening night press conference and protest rally

Someone in the U.S. gave the order to stop assisting Israel in locating a kidnapped soldier this summer. Who was it?

Abbas promises donors no Gazan violence and financial integrity. And unicorns and leprechauns.

PLO ignores US aid cut threats, saying it will introduce UNSC resolution to ‘end occupation’ by 2016

British students reject Holocaust Commemoration and ISIS condemnation

The EU is preparing a blacklist of Jews who will be banned from Europe. History can be very repetitious sometimes.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/house-foreign-affairs-comm-chair-no-money-no-political-support-for-pa/2012/12/02/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: