September 23, 2014
As world leaders gather for the United Nations General Assembly, AIPAC applauds the bipartisan group of 88 senators who sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the prevention of Hamas from rearming and rebuilding its military capabilities in Gaza. The senators further call on Secretary Kerry to work to ensure that Palestinian officials not take unilateral steps to undermine the peace process at the U.N. General Assembly, the U.N. Human Rights Council, or the International Criminal Court. The letter also urges support for efforts to enable the Palestinian Authority to replace Hamas and exercise power in Gaza.
The letter, which comes in the aftermath of Hamas’ war of aggression against the Jewish state, was spearhead by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA). In supporting reconstruction assistance for Gaza, the senators note that it must be conditioned on the “establishment of a system to prevent Hamas from rearming and rebuilding military capability.”
The letter importantly urges the prevention of Palestinian actions at the United Nations that would be adverse to a negotiated settlement with Israel. The letter reads, “We must let Palestinian Authority President Abbas know that America’s willingness to cooperate with him will continue to depend on his willingness to return to the negotiating table with the Government of Israel and avoid unilateral measures that bypass direct negotiations.”
Please click here for a link to the letter.