US lawmakers threaten cutoff of Palestinian aid if upgraded UN status used against Israel

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 05:00 hrs

A bipartisan group of US senators has threatened to cut off Palestinian aid if they use their upgraded U.N. status against Israel.

The group warned that the Palestinians could lose U.S. financial aid and face the shutdown of the Washington office.

According to Fox News, Republican. Lindsey Graham and John Barrasso and Democrat Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez said that they would push for an amendment to the defense bill on the Palestinians.

The announcement came just hours before a likely vote in the United Nations recognizing the Palestinians as a state.

The legislation would cut off U.S. aid if the Palestinians use their newfound status to file charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court, the report said.

Unwillingness to conduct meaningful negotiations with Israel would result in the closing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's office in Washington, it added. (ANI)

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