Monday, September 03, 2018

J Street

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According to The Times of Israel:
The liberal Middle East advocacy group J Street excoriated the defunding decision, saying it would weaken PA President Mahmoud Abbas and make it more difficult for him enter formalized peace talks.

“This decision continues the administration’s disturbing pattern of actions that ignore the recommendations of US and Israeli intelligence and military leaders and appear designed to exacerbate suffering among the Palestinian people and marginalize the Palestinian Authority leadership,” the organization’s president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, said in a statement, adding that it was “recklessly endangering the security of Israel and countries across the region.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein also suggested that pulling the aid would hurt Israel by undercutting the PA and materially harming the quality of Palestinian life.

“Further impoverishing Palestinians only empowers extremists, undermines the P.A. and harms Israel’s security,” the California Democrat said. “Completely cutting off funding to UNRWA is inhumane and undermines our own interests in the region.”-more

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