Reaffirms the U.S. law which prohibits assistance to any PA unity government including Hamas unless that government and all of its ministers accept Israel’s right to exist and agree to abide by all previous agreements signed with Israel and the U.S. The House further states its firm belief that the unity government must also formally forswear terrorism.
Calls upon the Obama administration to announce that it will veto any U.N. Security Council resolution on Palestinian statehood that is not the result of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Affirms that efforts to pursue recognition of a Palestinian state outside of negotiations with Israel will harm U.S.-Palestinian relations and have serious implications for U.S. economic and security assistance to the PA.
Passage of this resolution was a top priority of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). On the final day of its 2011 policy conference, AIPAC activists held scheduled meetings with 426 of 435 members of the House, all 100 Senators, and/or their staffs. This resolution and its Senate companion measure, S. Res. 185 of 5/16/11, were among the four ‘asks’ the activists were instructed to make of their Senators and Representatives during the lobbying day.
As of 5/12 Cardin received $56,780 from pro-Israel PACs during the 2012 election cycle, more than any other member of Congress.
Passed in Senate by unanimous consent.
See also: companion measure H. Res. 268 of 5/13/11;
Cutting assistance to a unity government with Hamas: H.R. 1 of 2/11/11, H.R. 1473 of 4/11/11, H. Res. 244 of 5/3/11, H.R. 2055 5/31/11, H.R. 2457 of 7/7/11, H.R. 2583 of 7/19/11 and H.R. 3671 of 12/14/11 on cutting aid to a unity government with Hamas;
Cutting PA assistance over statehood: H.R. 1592 of 4/15/11, and S. 1601 of 9/22/11
Further Palestinian statehood measures: H. Res. 314 of 6/16/11, H. Res. 394 of 9/8/11, and H.R. 2893 of 9/12/11
AIPAC’s legislative priorities H.R. 1540 of 4/14/11, S. Res. 180 of 5/11/11, H.R. 1905 of 5/13/11, S. 1048 of 5/23/11, and S. Amdt. 1414 to S. 1867 of 11/15/11