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Senate Bill S.2265

         

House Resolution H.622


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Subject:  DENY U.S. FUNDING TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND HAMAS

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.

CONTINUED FUNDING OF HAMAS/PA MUST STOP NOW.   

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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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TENNESSEE RALLY FOR ISRAEL
PJTN calls on Congress to reject Obama/Kerry Cease-fire and ongoing funding  of the terrorist-led PA/Hamas
When:  Wednesday, August 6th, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where:  Legislative Plaza at the Tennessee State Capitol
600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37243
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Contents: (summaries below)
  1. IDF: Over the past 24 hours 36% of rockets fired at Israel fell short, IDF, IDF Spokesperson SMS
  2. Israel'll destroy Hamas tunnels -Netanyahu, The Punch,
  3. Kerry Trying To Save Hamas, Restore Muslim Brotherhood, Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh
  4. Hagel Urges Cease-fire in Israel-Gaza Conflict, DoD News, Defense Media Activity,
  5. Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent, The New York Times, David D. Kirkpatrick
  6. Analysis: The hidden picture in Gaza, The Jerusalem Post, Yaakov Lappin
  7. In The Company of Heroes, American Thinker, Dan Gordon

IDF: Over the past 24 hours 36% of rockets fired at Israel fell short
IDF Spokesperson SMS


IDF, July 31, 2014

IDF: Over the past 24 hours over 140 rockets were fired at Israel, 81 rockets hit Israel, 9 were intercepted, and 50 fell short in the Gaza Strip.  Since this morning, IAF aircraft targeted approximately 80 terror activity sites across the Gaza Strip.

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Israel'll destroy Hamas tunnels -Netanyahu


The Punch, July 31, 2014

Israel will not stop its operation in Gaza until all the tunnels constructed by Hamas have been destroyed, PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

Speaking ahead of a cabinet meeting, he said Israel was determined to destroy the tunnels – used to attack troops and towns – “with or without a ceasefire”.

Earlier Israel called up 16,000 reservists, bringing the total mobilised so far to 86,000.

Some 425,000 people in Gaza have been displaced by fighting, the UN says.

The UN says it is sheltering 225,178 Palestinians in 86 shelters across Gaza, with 200,000 more thought to be sheltering with friends or family.

The total number displaced amounts to 25 per cent of all of Gaza’s 1.7 million inhabitants....

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Kerry Trying To Save Hamas, Restore Muslim Brotherhood
Khaled Abu Toameh


Gatestone Institute, July 31, 2014

The U.S. Administration's main objective in cease-fire talks is clearly to empower Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian branch, Hamas.

This is how the Palestinian Authority [PA] sees the recent efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

It is no secret that the PA, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would like to see an end to Hamas's rule over the Gaza Strip. Moreover, they seem to support the idea of disarming Hamas as part of any agreement to end the current crisis.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who has been issuing strong condemnations of the Israeli "aggression" on the Gaza Strip over the past few weeks, is hoping that the war will result in the return of his loyalists to control the Gaza Strip or, at least to the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

Abbas and his Arab allies are not going to shed a tear if Hamas is removed from power and the Gaza Strip is demilitarized at the end of the war.

There is growing concern in Ramallah, Cairo, Riyadh and Dubai, however, that the U.S. Administration is now working to prevent the collapse of Hamas....

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Hagel Urges Cease-fire in Israel-Gaza Conflict


DoD News, Defense Media Activity, July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called for a humanitarian cease-fire that would lead to a permanent end to the fighting in Gaza as well as the disarmament of Hamas. [Unfortunately Hamas uses these cease-fires for unhumanitarian purposes]

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel called for the cease-fire and expressed concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths as well as the loss of Israeli lives during a phone call today with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. At the same time, Kirby said Hagel also reiterated U.S. support for Israel's security and its right to self defense and said that any process to resolve the crisis in Gaza in a lasting and meaningful way must lead to the disarmament of Hamas and all terrorist groups.

Kirby said Minister Yaalon thanked Hagel for his support for the defense of Israel, in particular the Iron Dome anti-missile system.   

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Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent
David D. Kirkpatrick


The New York Times, July 31, 2014

CAIRO — Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting.

Not this time.

After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed.

“The Arab states’ loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu,” the prime minister of Israel, said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and a former Middle East negotiator under several presidents.

“I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gaza and the pummeling of Hamas,” he said. “The silence is deafening.”...

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Analysis: The hidden picture in Gaza
Yaakov Lappin


The Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2014

...Intelligence officials view Hamas’s tunnel city in the Strip as the product of a full-blown industry, hierarchical and organized.

Each Hamas battalion has been assigned its own tunnel, and diggers are seen as members of a profession. In recent months, senior Hamas members have come to meet diggers in the evenings, share a meal with them, and encourage them to carry on.

Despite counter-surveillance measures by Hamas, the Shin Bet has been able to track the progress of many of these tunnels, allowing it to now guide soldiers to shafts in Gaza.

Despite their rhetoric, some senior Hamas leaders are privately asking themselves whether the war they began is worth the price. Cracks have become visible in Hamas’s leadership, which is made up of the military, political and overseas wings. Only when the three reach a consensus does the movement move forward on an issue.

Some Hamas field commanders have also begun being critical of the situation, wary of the anger that is brewing among Gazan civilians.

It remains to be seen whether these developments will push Hamas into seeking a real truce, or whether it will continue on its destructive warpath.

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In The Company of Heroes
Dan Gordon


American Thinker, July 29, 2014

I had the great privilege of accompanying Major General (Ret) Avigdor Kahalani to an artillery battalion, somewhere in the war zone. General Kahalani is one of Israel’s greatest war heroes, a veteran of the Six Day War, The Yom Kippur War and the First Lebanon War. It is not an exaggeration to say that were it not for the actions of Avigdor Kahalani and the men under his command, the Syrians, who had already taken most of the Golan Heights, would have been able to push into Northern Israel, and the fate, not only of the war but, of the State of Israel would have been very much in doubt.

Instead, Kahalani and those under his command were instrumental, not only in recapturing the Golan Heights, but pushed deep into Syrian territory until they literally were within artillery range of Damascus. It was a feat almost unheard of in the annals of modern warfare, in which a country recovered from a devastating Pearl Harbor like attack, were confronted with totally new tactics by a well trained, superbly well-armed adversary, adjusted to the new realities, counter attacked, and within two and a half weeks were on the outskirts of the attacking force’s capital. Quite simply, General Kahalani and others like him saved Israel. At the end of his military career, General Kahalani entered politics, was elected to Israel’s Parliament, served as an inner circle cabinet minister, and participated in some of the Israeli government’s most critical debates and decisions. After retiring from the political arena Kahalani became the Chairmen of AWIS, the Association for the Welfare of Israel’s soldiers.

It was in that capacity that he went out to meet with the soldiers serving, under fire, in the field. For those young soldiers it was a chance to meet a living legend, as close as Israel has to Patton or MacArthur. I thought he was going to give them a sort of pep talk, though their spirits didn’t need any rallying....

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