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. US to send $47M in humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip, Associated Press,
  2. Obama's Tranquility, PJ Media, Victor Davis Hanson
  3. A Tale of Two Gazas, FrontPage Magazine, Joseph Klein
  4. IDF shows photos of Hamas rocket sites dug into hospital, mosques, The Jerusalem Post, Yaakov Lappin, Reuters
  5. The tragic self-delusion behind the Hamas war, The Times of Israel, Haviv Rettig Gur
  6. Fatah Hands Out Candy to Celebrate 'Kidnapping of Israeli Soldier' - A False Claim By Hamas, thegatewaypundit.com, Jim Hoft
  7. Uncanny Similarities: Lebanon 2006, Gaza 2014, algemeiner.com, Judy Lash Balint
  8. GOC Southern Command: Only ground op can take out tunnels, YNet News, Matan Tzuri

US to send $47M in humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip

Associated Press, July 21, 2014

CAIRO –  The U.S. is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip to help tens of thousands of Palestinians there who have been forced from their homes since war broke out two weeks ago.

A State Department breakdown of the aid that was released Monday said nearly a third of the money -- $15 million -- will go to the United Nations' refugee mission in Gaza.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to discuss the aid with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a meeting late Monday in Cairo.

Kerry arrived in the Egyptian capital only hours earlier in a U.S. push to help broker a truce between Israel and the militant group Hamas that controls Gaza.

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Obama's Tranquility
Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media, July 20, 2014

Barack Obama’s team recently took credit for improving the “tranquility of the global community,” and the president made it clear just what a calm place the world has become during his tenure.

But this summer Obama’s tranquil world has descended into medieval barbarism in a way scarcely seen in decades. In Gaza, Hamas is banking its missile arsenal in mosques, schools and private homes; even Hitler did not do that with his V2s. Hamas terrorists resort to trying to wire up animals to serve as suicide bombers. Aztec-style, they seek to capture Israeli soldiers to  torture or trade — a sort of updated version of parading captive soldiers up the Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlan.

Hamas cannot build a hotel, but instead applies its premodern cunning to tunneling and killing in ever more insidious ways. Yet it proves incompetent in doing what it wishes to do best — kill Jewish civilians. Its efforts to kill Jews while getting killed in the process earn it sympathy from the morally obtuse of the contemporary world who would have applauded Hitler in 1945 as an underdog who suffered greatly as he was overwhelmed by the Allies that he once tried to destroy.

In Paris, just seventy years after the Holocaust, sympathetic rioters hit the streets to cheer on Hamas’s efforts to kill more Jews with their crude versions of Vergeltungswaffen. The passive French solution apparently is once again to encourage Jews to leave the country, given the growing number of new Nazis in their midst. Whether Hamas or Putin, the European response is always the same: why cannot they just go away to bother to some Jews or Americans, and leave us alone?

Russian operatives, role-playing as Ukrainian separatists, shot down a civilian airliner, then tried to doctor the debris field, then let the bodies decay, and now are looting the wallets of the dead. You cannot get much less tranquil than that....

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A Tale of Two Gazas
Joseph Klein

FrontPage Magazine, July 21, 2014

There are two Gazas. One is at street level, where Palestinian civilians serve as Hamas’s human shields in the face of Israel’s narrowly targeted response to the more than 1500 rockets that have rained down on its citizens in recent days. The other is the subterranean Gaza, consisting of a labyrinth of elaborate tunnels where Hamas military commanders hide in relative comfort and which they use as their bases for rocket launchings and incursions into Israel. Hamas’s political chief Khaled Mashaal is too cowardly even to live in these bunkers. He is living luxuriously in Qatar while proclaiming recently that Hamas will not accept a simple ceasefire and that “It’s normal that you see those cycles of violence.”

Hamas launched an incursion into Israel through its tunnel network with the evident intent to abduct or massacre Israeli civilians in a kibbutz, after rejecting a ceasefire proposed by Egypt and accepted by Israel.  That had been the third time in the previous two weeks that Hamas used its tunnels to infiltrate Israel for the purpose of carrying out attacks.  After Hamas subsequently ended a brief humanitarian ceasefire, arranged by the UN, with renewed rocket fire and infiltration into Israel through Hamas’s tunnels, Israel finally responded to Hamas’s ground invasion with one of its own.

“We know that Hamas terrorists are operating underground, and that’s where we will meet them,” the IDF said in a statement, as Israel’s ground operation to find and destroy the tunnels got underway.  The IDF said it has already found 13 tunnels across Gaza, with 34 access points. But it is suffering mounting casualties in the process – at least seventeen soldiers killed so far including from the IDF Golani Brigades which lost 13 soldiers on July 20th in combat with Hamas in the Gaza Strip district of Shejayia, a center for reportedly manufacturing and storing Hamas rockets. Four of the Israeli fatalities resulted from attacks by Hamas operatives emerging from their tunnels on the Israeli side of the border.

According to DEBKAfile, the tunnels are Hamas’s main strategic asset which Hamas will fight to the death to preserve: “Around 16,000 men, around 15 percent of Hamas’ fighting strength, were assigned to the tunnel project in the last five years and substantial funds. The IDF will not be permitted to demolish this flagship project without a savage fight.”

Hamas commanders believe they can fight on for several weeks at least to defend their tunnels, the civilian population be damned. Khaled Mashaal has reportedly continued to spurn calls for a ceasefire coming not only from Egypt but also from the Arab League....

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IDF shows photos of Hamas rocket sites dug into hospital, mosques
Yaakov Lappin, Reuters

The Jerusalem Post, July 21, 2014

Hamas fires rockets from Wafa Hospital in the Gaza neighborhood of Shejaia (Photo: IDF Spokeman's Office)

The IDF on Monday released declassified photos showing how Hamas uses hospitals, mosques, and playgrounds as rocket launch sites.

The images were taken from the northeastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaia, which was the scene of heavy fighting in recent days.

Israel's army said it had been targeting militants in the clashes, charging that they had fired rockets from Shejaia and built tunnels and command centers there. The army said it had warned civilians to leave two days earlier....

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The tragic self-delusion behind the Hamas war
Haviv Rettig Gur

The Times of Israel, July 17, 2014

In the mid-1960s, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol began to doubt – presciently, as it turned out – the long-term commitment of France to supplying Israel with the military hardware it needed to defend itself. He began the process of replacing Israel’s arsenal of French weapons systems with their American counterparts.

As part of that process, Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Ezer Weizman (who would become Israel’s seventh president) was slated to go to Washington in a bid to convince the American government to sell Israel the F4 Phantom jet fighter.

But before leaving for Washington, Weizman had a question for the prime minister. According to an apocryphal but widely believed account of a meeting between the two, Weizman asked: “When I meet the Americans, should I tell them Israel is strong (and thus a reliable ally), or weak (and thus liable to be destroyed without American support)?”

Eshkol, famous for his old-world Yiddish wit, answered: “You’ll present Israel as Samson the nebechdicker” – at once the indomitable hero and the pitiable weakling.

Contact sheet from Levi Eshkol’s visit to the ranch of US President Lyndon B. Johnson, January 7, 1968. (photo credit: LBJ Library, courtesy of Moriah Films)

Weizman assumed he could not simultaneously argue that both are true, but Eshkol was the more subtle politician. Maintaining both, he believed, was the essence of Israel’s diplomatic strategy.

This seemingly contradictory rhetoric remains a defining characteristic of Israeli political discourse today. When Israelis from right and left argue about the prospects for peace, the argument largely, if sometimes only implicitly, centers on the sides’ different views as to which side of the vulnerability-strength equation they feel more acutely....

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Fatah Hands Out Candy to Celebrate 'Kidnapping of Israeli Soldier' - A False Claim By Hamas
Jim Hoft

thegatewaypundit.com, July 21, 2014

Palestinian officials hand out candy on the street after news broke yesterday that an Israeli soldier had been kidnapped in Gaza. (Fatah Facebook)

The official Facebook page of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party posted images from the Palestinian city of Tulkarem showing Fatah activists handing out candy to people in the street to celebrate the “kidnapping of the Israeli soldier” in Gaza.

Yesterday, Hamas disseminated the false claim that it had kidnapped a soldier – a claim that has since been refuted by Israel....

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Uncanny Similarities: Lebanon 2006, Gaza 2014
Judy Lash Balint

algemeiner.com, July 21, 2014

Exactly eight years ago, on July 21, 2006, Major Benji Hillman, 27, of Raanana was buried in the middle of the Second Lebanon War.

Benji, the son of one of my childhood friends, was killed along with five of his soldiers as they battled Hezbollah in the village of Maran al-Ras on the Lebanese side of the border. Benji, a commander in the elite Egoz unit of the Golani brigade, had been married three weeks before he was killed.

The war kicked off after Hezbollah kidnapped two soldiers and killed eight others. For weeks during the war, Hezbollah rockets rained down on Israel’s northern communities.

Yesterday, eight years to the day since Benji and his soldiers fell, 13 Golani soldiers were killed in Gaza, fighting Hamas.

Two of those who died were lone soldiers from the U.S, fighting in an army thousands of miles away from immediate family. One like Benji, lived in Raanana.

Benji’s funeral, which took place exactly eight years ago, was an excruciating event. I described it here:

“Thousands turned out to escort Benji on his last journey. His coffin arrived at the cemetery in an olive green army vehicle. An honor guard of soldiers from his beloved Golani brigade led the way to his grave as hundreds of other soldiers and friends hugged each other and wiped their eyes....

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GOC Southern Command: Only ground op can take out tunnels
Matan Tzuri

YNet News, July 21, 2014

Israel cannot protect itself from the threat posed by the terror tunnels with the Iron Dome, so continuing to combat it is a necessity, GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman said on Monday.

Turgeman said the joint mission by the ground forces, the artillery corps and the air force has been successful in hitting hundreds of Hamas militants. But despite that, the mission isn't done yet, he stressed.

"A country that cherishes life must fight the tunnel infrastructure. There is no Iron Dome to fight the tunnel threat, there's only Sisyphean work," Turgeman said as Israel buried even more of its fallen soldiers.

"The fighting in the Strip is hard and complicated. Everywhere we operated in, we destroyed tunnels. In fighting this complicated there are casualties," he said....

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