Boehner Statement on Resolution to Withhold Aid from Hamas-Controlled Palestinian Authority |
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today voiced strong support for S. Con. Res. 79, which expresses the sense of Congress that U.S. assistance should be withheld from the Palestinian Authority if the ruling majority party within the Palestinian Parliament continues to call for the destruction of Israel:

“The United States is encouraged by the open, free, and fair elections held by the Palestinian people, and we will continue to support their democratic reform efforts.  At the same time, the new government must be aware of both its domestic responsibilities and international obligations.  

“The responsibility of self-government has real consequences for both Hamas and the future of the Palestinian people.  Until Hamas changes course, dismantles its terrorist organization, and agrees to work towards a peaceful settlement with Israel, no taxpayer money should be provided to support the Palestinian government.  Our message is clear:  The United States does not and will not support terrorist organizations.”