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Sen. Paul Requests Foreign Relations Committee Action on Stand with Israel Act

July 9, 2014 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today issued a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Ranking Member, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), requesting committee action on the Stand with Israel Act.

Earlier this week, Sen. Paul took to the Senate floor to ask for unanimous consent to pass the Stand with Israel Act, however Sen. Corker objected, citing the need to review the legislation in the Foreign Relations Committee.

The purpose of this bill is to cut off the flow of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority if it is allied with Hamas-the same Hamas that murdered two Israeli teenagers and one dual U.S.- Israeli teenager last week. Below is a copy of Sen. Paul’s letter and video of his floor speech.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SEN. PAUL’S FLOOR SPEECH

LETTER:

July 9, 2014

Senator Robert Menendez

Chairman

Committee on Foreign Relations

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Senator Bob Corker

Ranking Member

Committee on Foreign Relations

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Corker,

As you are aware, the terrorist organization Hamas, finding itself under extreme financial hardship and in need of a bailout, reached an agreement with the Palestinian Authority to create a unity government, with that government recently swearing in new ministers.

Hamas’ charter declares that ‘there is no solution to the Palestinian question except by Jihad,’ its spokesperson in Gaza recently called for an intifada against Israel, and their political head has reaffirmed Hamas’ commitment to Israel’s destruction. Hamas is also responsible for the recent kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers from the West Bank-one of whom held U.S. citizenship. Hamas’ record of anti-Israel propaganda, terrorism and violence, as well as its call for the outright destruction of the state of Israel, compels us to take immediate action to prevent U.S. taxpayer money from falling into the hands of terrorists who would further destabilize the region and do harm to our friend and ally.

Under existing laws, foreign assistance cannot be provided to the Palestinian Authority if it is ‘effectively controlled’ by Hamas, or if Hamas has ‘undue influence.’ Because we face a unique power sharing agreement, the Obama administration will not interpret the Palestinian Authority unity government as meeting …read more

Source: RAND PAUL

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