WASHINGTON (AP) — The Palestinian Authority's latest push to establish a reconciliation government with the militant group Hamas is jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats signaled that any permanent arrangement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and Hamas would force the United States to end some $400 million in economic and security aid provided annually.
The U.S. has designated Hamas a terrorist organization.
The law states that no foreign aid can be provided to any entity effectively controlled by Hamas or any power-sharing government of which Hamas is a member.
The leaders of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid — Republican Kay Granger and Democrat Nita Lowey — said the agreement clearly threatens the money the Palestinian Authority has grown accustomed to receiving.