Se­nate panel OKs sus­pend­ing Pales­tinian aid

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — A Se­nate com­mit­tee ap­proved a mea­sure Thurs­day that would sus­pend U.S. fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity un­til it ends what law­mak­ers said is a long-stand­ing prac­tice of re­ward­ing Pales­tini­ans who kill Amer­i­cans and Is­raelis.

Mem­bers of the Repub­li­can-led Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee voted 17-4 to pass the mea­sure, spon­sored by Sens. Lind­sey Gra­ham, R-S.C., and the com­mit­tee chair­man, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

The bud­get re­quest by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion for fis­cal 2018 in­cludes roughly $260 mil­lion for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and law en­force­ment pro­grams in the West Bank and Gaza. The in­ter­na­tion­ally backed Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity has tight­ened its grip in the West Bank since los­ing con­trol of the Gaza Strip to the Is­lamic mil­i­tant group Ha­mas a decade ago.

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