Senate Bill S.2265


House Resolution H.622



The United States has been providing the Palestinian Authority (PA) with approximately $600 MILLION/yr. for the express purpose of strengthening the PA economy and encouraging the PA to adopt a more peaceful stance with Israel.   The PA continues its incitement to violence towards Israel and has joined with HAMAS, a designated Terrorist organization.  There is now no reason to continue funding the PA.  It is time for the United States to take strong and meaningful action to assert itself as a powerful supporter of Israel.


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It is time that Congress and the Obama administration take this action.  Continued funding of the PA is tantamount to funding HAMAS which is currently raining down missiles on Israeli cities including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, forcing Israel to respond to protect its citizens.  The legislation to do this is contained in the “Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act” of 2006 which bans U.S. funding for a “HAMAS-linked Palestinian Authority”.  Presidential action is necessary to cancel funding, but to date this funding is still taking place.

The Senate bill - Stand with Israel Act of 2014, S.2265 – initiated by Sen. Rand Paul is now stalled in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  It strengthens the original 2006 bill, adding further requirements.  It must be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. This legislation prohibits any direct US assistance, loan guarantee, or debt relief to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as long as they are affiliated with Hamas.

The new House Resolution, H.Res.622 – initiated by Rep. Trent Franks Introduced on June 12, 2014 has passed. It expresses the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the national security interests of the United States and its allies and partners with respect to the Palestinian Authority. Hamas and Fatah have now unified. Regardless of the unity government being made up of Hamas and Fatah technocrats, the Secretary of State should, if the unity government is not dissolved, designate the PA and such unity government as a foreign terrorist organization. It also designates the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as a foreign terrorist organization.

Taken together, both the Senate and the House are in accord in their desire to stop funding a Hamas terrorist Palestinian Authority. Both bodies of our Government are very specific in their demands.

The only way for Hamas to receive funding would be if the President certifies to Congress that during each fiscal year the PA has:
(1)          formally recognized Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,
(2)          publicly recognized the state of Israel,
(3)          renounced terrorism,
(4)          purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services,
(5)          terminated funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement,
(6)          publicly pledged to not engage in war with Israel, and
(7)          honored previous diplomatic agreements.

Both the Senate and the House documents would demand obedience to the laws of the United States and demonstrate that American citizens are serious in our desire to deny the financing of the very forces whose goal is to destroy Israel, our loyal ally and the one vestige of democracy in the Middle East.

Today, Hamas has spurned the cease fire and resumed rocket attacks forcing Israel to continue Operation Protective Edge. It is extremely important that our government officials hear from you, their constituents, on this vital legislation.

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Contents: (summaries below)
  1. Not Moderate, Not Radical: Just Islam, Canada Free Press, Victor Sharpe
  2. Has Hamas ended the prospects for a two state solution?, Gatestone Institute, Alan M. Dershowitz
  3. FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel, jewishpress.com,
  4. Gaza operation is moving ahead, says Netanyahu, Israel Hayom , Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
  5. How the West Helps Hamas Thwart Future Israeli Pullouts, Commentary Magazine, Evelyn Gordon
  6. Why Israel Needs to Finish the Job Now, PJ Media, David P. Goldman
  7. Kerry lands in Israel after PLO backs Hamas' Gaza truce demands, Ynet News, Reuters
  8. Islamic State torches 1,800-year-old church after expelling Christians, Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer

Not Moderate, Not Radical: Just Islam
Victor Sharpe

Canada Free Press, July 12, 2014

The irrevocable Islamic and Koranic injunction upon all Muslims is to wage relentless war against any non-Muslim nation state that exists within what Islam decrees as the Dar al-Islam (the House of Islam). Wherever the Muslim foot has trod triumphal in the name of Allah, that territory is considered eternally Islamic land. If it is lost, then it enters the Dar al-Harb (the House of War) and must be retaken and the population either forcibly converted to Islam, forced into dhimmi degradation, or exterminated.

According to Abraham I. Katsh, who wrote the following as far back as 1954 in his book, Judaism and the Koran:

“The duty of Jihad, the waging of Holy War, has been raised to the dignity of a sixth canonical obligation ... To the Moslem, the world is divided into regions under Islamic control, the dar al-Islam, and regions not subjected as yet, the dar al-harb.

“Between this area of warfare and the Muslim dominated part of the world there can be no peace. Practical considerations may induce the Muslim leaders to conclude an armistice, but the obligation to conquer and, if possible, convert never lapses. Nor can territory once under Muslim rule be lawfully yielded to the unbeliever. Legal theory has gone so far as to define as dar al-Islam any area where at least one Muslim custom is observed....

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Has Hamas ended the prospects for a two state solution?
Alan M. Dershowitz

Gatestone Institute, July 22, 2014

Hamas's decision to fire rockets in the direction of Ben Gurion Airport may well have ended any real prospect of a two-state solution. Whether the regulators and airlines that have stopped flights to and from Israel are right or wrong, this stoppage cannot possibly be tolerated by a democratic country that relies so heavily on tourism and international travel. It is of course a war crime to target an international civilian airport, as Hamas has clearly done. Israel has every right to keep that airport open, employing all reasonable military means at its disposal. Since Hamas fires its rockets from densely populated civilian areas, there will be more Palestinian civilian deaths.

Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

This of course is part of Hamas' grand strategy: by targeting Israeli civilians and international air travel from its own civilian areas, Hamas leaves Israel no choice but to take military actions that risk the lives of innocent Palestinians. There will be even more innocent Palestinian deaths now, as Hamas has raised the stakes considerably for Israel. Every country in the world would do everything in its power to keep open the airports, which are the lifelines to its economic viability. Hamas knows this and welcomes Israeli military action that produces more dead Palestinian civilians and hence more international criticism of Israel.

Even more importantly, Hamas' actions in essentially closing down international air traffic into Israel, considerably reduces the prospect of any two-state solution. Israel will now be more reluctant than ever to give up military control over the West Bank, which is even closer to Ben Gurion Airport than is Gaza....

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FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel

jewishpress.com, July 24, 2014

...There still isn’t a clear answer as to why the ban was put there in the first place, but many think it was quite possibly a political decision.

The ban on U.S. flights to, from or over Israel which began on Tuesday, July 22, and which was extended through a second 24-hour period the following day, was unprecedented in terms of its scope and given the U.S. relationship with Israel and the specific incident out of which the ban allegedly arose.

The FAA’s standards for determining whether a U.S. flag carrier can fly to every other spot in the world are different from — and more accommodating to travel than — the standard the United States has applied to Israel for the last 48 hours.

First, the FAA imposed a complete ban on U.S. flights into Israel, not just a partial ban and not just an advisory or the standard “should avoid” language. Second, the FAA imposed the ban on a host country which is one of America’s closest, longest-standing allies. Third, the ban against Israel’s Ben Gurion airport was imposed after a piece of shrapnel – created when Israel shot down a rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza – hit an Israeli home about a mile from the airport, it was not the rocket itself which struck near the airport and it wasn’t a rocket that could have hit a jet airliner, in any event.

So why did the FAA take this unusual step, one that is potentially economically catastrophic for our ally Israel?

There are really only two possible explanations: The first one is that the ban was imposed in order to protect the lives of American citizens. The second explanation, one that has been raised quietly here and there, and loudly in at least one office on Capital Hill, is that the ban was imposed in order to grab Israel by the back of its neck and force it into a ceasefire. That ceasefire would be imposed on the Jewish State before it is able to accomplish the mission it has set for itself after years of terrorist attacks with thousands of rockets....

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Gaza operation is moving ahead, says Netanyahu
Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff

Israel Hayom , July 24, 2014

We launched this operation to restore calm for the citizens of Israel, says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
(Photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef)

"The IDF is continuing to hit Hamas and terror organizations," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at the start of their meeting on Thursday."We launched this operation to restore calm for the citizens of Israel, and we will restore it. We launched a ground invasion first to address the threat of terror tunnels, and that threat has been addressed. There is no 100 percent guarantee, but the IDF has made impressive gains and we are moving ahead with this operation."

"We will do whatever it takes to protect the citizens of Israel," Netanyahu added, thanking the citizens of Israel for their support. "It warms all of our hearts and gives us the strength to complete our mission," he said....

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How the West Helps Hamas Thwart Future Israeli Pullouts
Evelyn Gordon

Commentary Magazine, July 23, 2014

...Leading European intellectuals have declared on public radio that all “Zionists” should be shot and the West should arm Hamas. Ostensibly sober diplomats have made witless statements (to borrow Peter Wehner’s apt term) about how Israel is losing “moral authority” by “overdoing” its military operation, when in fact, the ground operation has been limited to a small stretch of Gaza near the Israeli border, leaving the rest of Hamas’s military infrastructure untouched.
Both Washington and European capitals are demanding that Israel “do more” to prevent civilian casualties, without explaining what more it could do short of abandoning the military operation and simply letting Hamas launch its rockets undisturbed, while also demanding an “immediate” cease-fire that would leave Hamas with much of its military capability intact.

In short, Israel has learned that once it cedes territory, it’s at the mercy of any terrorist organization that chooses to attack it from that territory, because it will never have international legitimacy to conduct the kind of military operation necessary to suppress such attacks. And that’s not Hamas’s fault at all. It’s the fault of that same “enlightened West” that claims its top priority is an agreement that would get Israel out of the West Bank.

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Why Israel Needs to Finish the Job Now
David P. Goldman

PJ Media, July 21, 2014

There will be endless admonitions to Israel from the Obama administration, the United Nations, and so forth, demanding an early end to the Gaza war now underway. Israel’s security needs dictate the opposite: Hamas’ capacity to make war must be crippled.

Tel Aviv last week remained one of the safest cities in the world despite the incessant rocket bombardment. In the bomb shelters at the David Intercontinental, we joked about the lack of drinks and canapes at the hotel’s hastily improvised guest mixers. The cafe terraces were full every night on Dizengoff Street. But complacency on Israel’s part would be misplaced, perhaps even fatal. For the moment Israeli ingenuity has shifted the advantage in rocketry to the defense. That may not be the case for very long. Iron Dome has been extremely effective in containing the damage from a barrage of about 2,000 unguided rockets launched from Gaza. Most of these explode harmlessly in empty areas; the few that fly towards targets of value have been taken down with a 90% successs rate. But the advantage may shift back to the offense some time in the next few years.

Dr. Uzi Rubin, the architect of Israel’s missile defense, warned last January that Iran and Syria already have GPS-guided ballistic missiles. The Jerusalem Post reported:

“This is a strategic threat. Even worse news is coming; ballistic missiles are becoming smart,” he said. In the next five to 10 years, Israel’s enemies will inevitably arm themselves with GPS-guided ballistic missiles such as Scuds, [Rubin] said....

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Kerry lands in Israel after PLO backs Hamas' Gaza truce demands

Ynet News, July 23, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry said negotiations toward a cease-fire agreement in the Gaza Strip are making some progress after days of a deadly impasse between Israel and Hamas militants.

His arrivial in Israel came after the Palestinian decision-making body led by US-backed President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday endorsed demands by Hamas for halting Gaza hostilities with Israel, a closing of ranks that may help Egyptian-mediated truce efforts.
With Israeli and US encouragement, Egypt has tried to get both sides to hold fire and then negotiate terms for protracted calm in the Palestinian enclave where officials said 624 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in 15 days of fighting.

Making an unannounced, one-day visit, Kerry was due to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, signalling an intensification of efforts to end the bloodshed....

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Islamic State torches 1,800-year-old church after expelling Christians
Robert Spencer

Jihad Watch, July 22, 2014

“Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. But the day before the final exodus, Christians were informed jizya was no longer an option. The order came to convert, leave, or die.”

This “anachronistic Islamic tax” is actually in the Qur’an, which no Muslim would describe as anachronistic: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).

“ISIS Torches 1800-Year-Old Mosul Church After Expelling Christians,” by Adam Chandler, The Wire, July 22, 2014 (thanks to Darcy):

ISIS, which recently rebranded as the Islamic State, has solidified its control over Iraq’s second-largest city by imposing Sharia law and expelling Christians who won’t convert to Islam. The end of last month marked the first time a mass wasn’t held in the city in more than 1600 years....

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