Some pro-Israel groups defend U.S. aid to Palestinians

Sep 13, 2011, 10:09 p.m.


There is much anger in Congress toward the Palestinians because of their U.N. plans but also some recognition that cutting security aid may not be the best policy.

Republican Senator John McCain Tuesday told reporters he would not favor a "blanket" aid cut-off and he spoke highly of some the security aid being spent on police training facilities in the West Bank.

Senator John Kerry, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also said he was skeptical about calls for a cut-off of U.S. aid.

Asked about the possibility of eliminating funding for the Palestinian Authority if the U.N. votes for Palestinian statehood, Kerry replied: "I'd be very very skeptical about that being the right policy, but it really depends a lot on how that debate unfolds."

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told Reuters that no one wanted to see security aid to the Palestinians get cut but that he believed the Palestinians should pay a price for ignoring U.S. views.

Foxman suggested the Palestinians and Congress may both be posturing and that it was important to see how things play out at the United Nations as well as after any U.N. action.

"It may be posturing on both sides," Foxman told Reuters. "But I certainly understand the anger in Congress. You ignore us and then you want us to continue giving you aid?"

(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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