Obama reacts to US Senate resolution threatening to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority should it seek a unilateral declaration of statehood at the UN

It also calls on US President Barack Hussein Obama to veto any such UN proposal and to lead an international diplomatic campaign against the Palestinian effort.

JPOST – The non-binding resolution, sponsored by Democratic Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland and co-sponsored by 88 of the body’s 99 other senators, passed by unanimous accord. The measure declares that the Senate “will consider restrictions on aid to the Palestinian Authority should it persist in efforts to circumvent direct negotiations by turning to the United Nations or other international bodies.”

In addition, the resolution urges the Obama administration to consider suspending aid to the Palestinians in light of the recent unity government agreement between Fatah and Hamas. Should that deal be implemented, the resolution stated, current law would prohibit the flow of US monies to the new government unless all ministers accepted the right of Israel to exist and honored previous agreements between Israel and the PA.

The US House of Representatives is soon due to consider a similar resolution, proposed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. It currently has 289 co-sponsors, or slightly more than half of the members of the House.