Lawmakers: P.A. Risks Losing US Funding

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JERUSALEM - The United Nations could soon vote to recognize a Palestinian state, but a group of United States lawmakers say such a vote would jeopardize assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told CBN News the Palestinian Authority risks losing a cutoff of U.S. taxpayer aid.

"Any attempt by the Palestinian Authority to either partner with Hamas as a governmental entity or as a partner, or a move to seek a declaration of an independent state in a unilateral way is unacceptable," he said. "The House of Representatives has spoken out on that issue."

GOP Rep. Kay Granger leads the Subcommittee for Foreign Aid Appropriations and said what the House can do if the P.A. takes its case to the U.N.

"If they go to the U.N. for recognition then our aid stops," she explained. "That will be the aid for 2012 and that will be over."

"Our aid is for security and keeping things as safe as possible as they go to the negotiating table for the peace," Granger added. "If they bypass the negotiating table and go to the U.N., then the president has said he'll veto it, but we will stop our funding."

Since 2008, U.S. taxpayers have supported the Palestinian Authority with at least $300 million in direct aid per year.

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