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February 1, 2015 11:05 am

75 Senators Say They Won’t Support Palestinian Aid Until US Reviews ICC Bid

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Seventy-five senators signed a letter saying they will not support continued US aid to the Palestinian Authority until the US reviews the Palestinian's bid to join the ICC. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Seventy-five of 100 US senators signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry stating that they will not support foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until the Obama administration completes a review of the Palestinians’ decision to unilaterally join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The senators said that the move by Abbas undermines the spirit of previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians and harms prospects for peace. They also highlighted their concerns regarding Abbas’s efforts to use the ICC as a venue to threaten Israel.

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“President Abbas’ effort contravenes the spirit of earlier agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and erodes the prospects for peace,” the senators wrote in a letter spearheaded by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). “Therefore, the United States must make clear that joining the ICC is not a legitimate or viable path for the Palestinians.”

“The fact is that the only realistic and sustainable path to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. For those negotiations to be successful, Israel needs a Palestinian partner that has renounced violence, refuses to partner with terrorists, accepts Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and is willing to make compromises for peace. … President Abbas’s recent actions undermine these efforts and make a comprehensive peace agreement more difficult to achieve,” the senators added.

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  • James Beckham JR

    James, another Israeli teen posting on websites as a troll

    As a US Citizen, this is just shameful

  • loomy2

    ” “The fact is that the only realistic and sustainable path to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.”

    There’s no fact there. For both Israel or Palestine direct negotiations have not resolved anything so far in over 50 years.

    I can’t see how joining the ICC undermine the efforts of this failed 50 years of direct negotiations nor how joining it would make a comprehensive peace agreement more difficult to achieve than it has already shown and proven IMPOSSIBLE to achieve!

    Are we to wait another 50 years to see if both parties can directly negotiate a peace? I wonder how many settlements will be in disputed lands by then?

    I’m sure that if the Palestinians wanted to join the Boy Scouts Israel would have a reason why it shouldn’t and the U.S would veto them joining!

    And why is that the Palestinians are cajoled and threatened from joining World bodies that Israel is a member of or has chosen not to be a part of because of the need for direct Negotiations with Israel for a peace agreement YET Israel is allowed and willingly joins many and all organisations it chooses to?

    Why if its good for the Goose its not for the Gander?

    Seems very unfair and undemocratic to not give the Palestinians the same rights as the Israelis…?

  • This kind of nonsense makes me ashamed to be an American.

  • “Israel needs a Palestinian partner that has renounced violence, refuses to partner with terrorists, accepts Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and is willing to make compromises for peace”

    Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen. Palestinians only recognize war, they won’t stop fighting Israel until either:
    a) All Israelis are dead.
    b) All Palestinians are dead.

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