AIPAC Statement on Palestinian Authority Unity Government with Hamas
June 2, 2014
We are greatly concerned and disappointed by the announcement of the formation of a Palestinian Authority unity government backed by Hamas. The embrace of the notorious Islamist terrorist organization is a disturbing setback to peace.
President Abbas could have continued to pursue the peace process with his willing partner, Israel. Instead, he chose to align with Hamas – a group that is dedicated to Israel’s destruction and represents the antithesis of peaceful reconciliation and coexistence. Hamas is an unreformed terrorist organization that continues to perpetrate terror attacks against Israel and has consistently rebuffed the international community by refusing to accept the Quartet principles of recognizing Israel, rejecting violence and accepting previous Israel-Palestinian agreements.
U.S. law is clear – no funds can be provided to a Palestinian government in which Hamas participates or has undue influence. We now urge Congress to conduct a thorough review of continued U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority to ensure that the law is completely followed and implemented.