September 21, 2011 | Quote

Lesson to the “Pro-Israel” Right: Be Careful What You Ask From Congress

Veteran Israel hardliner and neocon Eliot Abrams told the committee that he was not in favor of cutting aid to the PA. David Makovsky of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy — a think tank closely aligned with AIPAC — argued that the group that would gain the most from a cut off of aid to the PA would be Hamas. Jonathan Schanzer from the neocon Foundation for the Defense of Democracy suggested that the impact of cutting aid would be “devastating.” Shortly thereafter, news broke that Israel is calling for the international community to continue aid to the Palestinians, as made explicit in an Israeli report presented at a donors conference at the UN on September 18, which stated, “Israel calls for ongoing international support for the PA budget and development projects…”

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