RAMALLAH, April 28 (JMCC) - The announcement of a reconciliation deal between Palestinian factions Fateh and Hamas could mean the withdrawal of hundreds of millions in US funding for Palestinians, reports the New York Times
we have said before, the United States supports Palestinian
reconciliation on terms which promote the cause of peace,” Tommy Vietor,
a spokesman for the National Security Council, said in the
administration’s only public response. “Hamas, however, is a terrorist
organization which targets civilians.”
He added that any Palestinian government had to accept certain
principles announced by international negotiators known as the Quartet:
the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia.
They include renouncing violence, abiding by past agreements with the
Israelis and recognizing Israel’s right to exist. Hamas has never agreed
to those conditions.
Administration officials declined to discuss publicly the impact the
reconciliation might have on American policy, saying they were still
trying to learn more about how exactly the two rival organizations would
be able to reunite years after violently splitting.
Since 2005, Washington has given Palestinians $542 million in aid for training and equipment for the Palestinian Authority security forces.