With unity on horizon, drive to strip PA of US funding gains ground

Hamas members take part in a military show in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 29, 2014

With an announcement of Palestinian unity government expected any day, Israel’s deputy defense minister came to Capitol Hill Thursday to rally Congress behind cutting off aid to the Palestinian Authority – only to find that the move to suspend funding already had strong bipartisan support.

While some lawmakers have expressed concern that the Obama administration may delay enforcement of a 2006 law that would demand the suspension of funding, legislators are prepared to exercise Congressional oversight to force the administration’s hand, Danny Danon said Thursday.