Although President Obama has made it clear he will not retaliate against the United Nations or the Palestinian Authority over the vote creating a “Palestinian state,” Congress is set to do exactly that, according to a published news report in The Hill today.
A backlash against the Palestinian Authority is believed to have broad, bipartisan support in Congress. And U.S. Sen. Orin Hatch, R-Utah, stated that he would introduce a bill cutting off U.S. funding for the United Nations.
The Congressional move to cut off U.S. funds for Palestinians will come directly on the heels of a move by the Israelis to immediately withhold tax transfers to the Palestinians, which has been a matter of Israeli policy for several years.
The United Nations, over the objections of the United States and Israel, voted Thursday to grant to the Palestinian Authority “non-member statehood,” meaning that the Palestinians will now have the same authority and clout as any other nation…
…Many Christians and Jews fear that with the establishment of a ‘Palestinian state,’ Muslims will once again be emboldened to attempt to take East Jerusalem, which encompasses what is known as “Old Jerusalem,” where the most sacred Hebrew and Christian site are located. Prior to the war in 1967 when Israel re-seized this sector from Muslims, the Islamists prevented Jews and Christians from gaining access to these sites…
Read the complete article at the Examiner.
Related: Abbas ‘Victory Speech’: Jerusalem ‘Eternal Capital of Palestine’. PA Chairman promises that someday the PA flag will fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”
Update: “This is courage week for Canada.” Alanis Morissette arrived in Israel to perform in Tel Aviv. Read about it at Legal Insurrection.
“When Mahmoud Abbas came out the entire room was cheering like Jesus himself had just got up on the stage, like a rock star had just come out.”
This is the description Natalie Solomon, manager of the Israel Programs of Taglit-Birthright‘s Alumni Community, gives of Mahmoud Abbas’s entry into the UN General Assembly Hall Thursday…