J Street Lobbies Congress to Ensure U.S. Won’t Cut Off Aid to Palestinian Authority

Move comes as leftist pro-Israel lobby recently announces its opposition to Palestinian UN bid.

After J Street announced its opposition to the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations, the leaders of the leftist pro-Israel group recently launched a new campaign lobbying members of Congress to support a new Congressional letter urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the U.S. will not cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority.

The letter to Obama was initiated by Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Peter Welch (D-VT), in which they express their concern about recent proposals to cut assistance to the Palestinian Authority, saying that such a step “would diminish prospects for peace and regional stability in the Middle East".

Congress members May 2, 2011

The two wrote they are concerned about "the possible emergence of a Palestinian government that refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist or to renounce violence against innocent civilians", but argue that "these legitimate concerns must be weighed against the essential role that U.S. assistance to the PA plays in providing security and stability for Palestinians and Israelis as well as critical humanitarian relief to the Palestinian people—and the potential consequences if this assistance were terminated. “

The letter stressed that suspending U.S. aid to the Palestinians would undo the progress that has been made over the past years to strengthen the Palestinian Authority’s governance institutions, and warned that it would “increase the likelihood of instability and violence, and in turn threaten Israel’s security.”

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed a resolution calling on the Obama administration to consider suspending aid to the Palestinian Authority in light of the deal between the government and Hamas, considered a terrorist group by Israel and the U.S.