Friday, June 23, 2006

Senate Approves Sanctions for PA

The US Senate has voted today to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority "until it acknowledges Israel's right to exist, renounces violence and accepts past peace agreements with Israel."

The US House has already passed a similar but not identical measure. Before the President can sign the legislation into law, the discrepancy between the two bills will have to be worked out in conference.

While AIPAC's horse seems to be the House bill, which is less flexible in providing humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians, the Israel Policy Forum is backing the Senate measure. As it turns out, the Lobby isn't so monolithic after all...

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