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Lawmakers Sign P.A. Resolution
All Philadelphia-area members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed onto a non-binding resolution last week that threatens to curtail U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority if the authority goes through with plans to pursue Palestinian statehood through the United Nations.
The resolution stated that Palestinian efforts to achieve statehood unilaterally "will harm United States-Palestinian relations and will have serious implications for the United States assistance programs for the Palestinians and the Palestinians Authority."
House Resolution 268 -- which received broad bipartisan support and passed by a vote of 407 to 6 -- also addressed the issue of the Palestinian Authority's link with Hamas.
The resolution, championed by pro-Israel groups, calls on the Obama administration to review assistance to the Palestinians, which runs about $500 million a year, in light of negotiations with Hamas toward a unity government.
"The House passed an important resolution which clearly defines the United States' commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct negotiations," said U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-District 13), the state's lone Jewish House member.
The resolution was introduced by the sole Jewish Republican in Congress, House Minority Leader Eric Cantor.
A similar resolution passed in the U.S. Senate last month.