Support for Israel: This week, Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) circulated a bipartisan letter addressed to President Obama highlighting the June 2 Palestinian Authority government unity with Hamas. This new government unity is deeply concerning as Hamas has carried out deadly acts against Israel and is categorized as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia.
Responding to this matter of “grave concern,” 88 senators across the political spectrum signed on to this letter, urging the President to impress on President Abbas, the president of the unity, the need to cease any alliance with Hamas and return to the negotiating table with Israel. “Any assistance (to the Palestinian Authority),” the senators write, “should only be provided when we have confidence that this new government is in full compliance with the restrictions contained in current law.” CWALAC applauds the bold statement made by these 88 senators and stands alongside their action as we all stand together with Israel.