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January 2, 2015 5:29 pm

US Lawmakers Warn Palestinians of Repercussions of Joining International Criminal Court

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The International Criminal Court in the Netherlands. Photo: wiki commons. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers warned Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas that there will be consequences for his decision to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Calling the move a “destructive” decision, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) called on Congress to block funds to the PA and any U.N. body that recognizes Palestinian statehood.

“Congress must do everything in its power to block funds to the PA and to any U.N. entity that recognizes a non-existent State of Palestine to make it clear to Abu Mazen (Abbas) that there will be consequences to his schemes at the United Nations and other international organizations like the International Criminal Court,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called Abbas’s decision “deeply frustrating” and a move that set Israeli-Palestinian peace further back.

The U.S. provides roughly $400 million in annual funding to the PA.

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  • Vivarto

    US should stop funding the palestoid musloids, but it should also stop funding Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, etc.

    Now if they want to develop technology jointly with Israel, they can invest into it, but don’t make it look like handout.
    If they want to benefit from Israeli intelligence, then repay for it in an equitable way, too. But don’t give handouts.

    US benefits from relations with Israel, and the handout makes it look like Israel is the only beneficiary of this relationship, while in fact it is mutual.

    Much of anti-Israeli rhetorics is also based in the opposition to the US handouts. The leftards see Israel as exploiting US and US as sharing the guilt for the Israeli “crimes” (meaning self-defense against the musloids).

  • Kerry Berger

    Palestinians need to recognize that they cannot abscond from serious negotiations that include compromises, as much as they will be unpopular with many Palestinians who have been fed a line of propaganda assuming that Israel would give up everything and Palestinians would not have to give and take. In the real world of diplomacy and peacemaking this isn’t realistic. We should cut aid to the Palestinians, but we should also do the same with Israel, if Netanyahu doesn’t stop building settlements and doesn’t give up the idea of a Greater Israel. That is completely unacceptable under international protocols that Israel signed as part of the Oslo Accords. Both Palestinians and Israelis must be held to those accords. Giving up lands prior to the 67 war is unacceptable since Arabs lost the war, and under the rules of war, winner takes all. Israel has given up enough land already other than parts of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Occupied territories account only for that. Other issues such as borders with Syria are only for Israel and Syria to resolve. It is a bilateral issue.

  • SB Steeler

    When some groups of people do not recognize Israel’s right to live and breathe, then there will never be peace. It is ludicrous to tell the Israelis that THEY have give up something in order to hope that their Arab neighbors recognize their right of survival. No other country on Earth would even think of negotiating with another over the right to exist.

    When one nation refuses to allow another to live and breathe, sane people call that war. Insane people demand the Israelis to negotiate.