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Signed PA Aid Letter 11-1.7.11 Copy

Signed PA Aid Letter 11-1.7.11 Copy

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November07,2011TheHonorableKayGrangerChairwoman,HouseAppropriationsSubcommitteeontheDepartmentofState,ForeignOperations,andRelatedAgenciesTheHonorableNitaLoweyRankingMember,HouseAppropriationsSubcommitteeontheDepartmentofState,ForeignOperations,andRelatedAgenciesDearChairwomanGrangerandRankingMemberLowey:AsstrongandconsistentsupportersofrobustandreliableU.S.aidtoIsraeltoensureitssecurityandqualitativemilitaryadvantage,wearewritingtourgeyounottosuspendorterminateassistancetothePalestinianAuthority(P.A.)inthefinalFiscalYear2012State,ForeignOperations,andRelatedAgenciesappropriationsbilLSuchastep,webelieve,woulddiminishprospectsforpeaceandregionalstabilityintheMiddleEast.WhiletherearemanyissuesindisputeamongU.S.,IsraeliandP.A..officials,numerousIsraeliandAmericansecurityexpertshavehighlightedthedirectlinkbetweenU.S.assistancetotheP.A.andIsraelisecurity.
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Gen.MikeMoeller,theU.S.SecurityCoordinatorforIsraelandthePalestinianAuthority,hastestifiedthatU.S.assistanceandcooperationmadetheP.A.securityforcesa"trusted,capablepartnerfortheIsraelisecurityestablishment"that"continuetoconducteffectivesecurityoperationsandpursuebadactorsacrosstheWestBank,includingmembersofHamas".TheShinBet,Israel'sinternalsecurityagency,concludedthatIsraelico-operationwithU.S.trainedP.A.securityforceshelpedmake2010themostterror-freeyearinadecade.MaintainingU,S.assistancetotheP.A.isthusintheessentialstrategicinterestofIsraelandtheUnitedStates,independentofcurrentpolicydisagreements.WeunderstandthedevelopmentsthathaveledsometocallforasuspensionorterminationofaidtotheP.A.Asyouknow,theHouseofRepresentativesrecentlyadoptedwithbroadbipartisansupportaresolution(H.Res.268)expressingconcernabouttheeffortsofP.A.PresidentMahmoudAbbastoseekfullmembershiporanupgradeofstatusattheUnitedNations.WealsoremainconcernedaboutthepossibleemergenceofaPalestiniangovernmentthatrefusestorecognizeIsrael'srighttoexistortorenounceviolenceagainstinnocentcivilian's.
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However,theselegitimateconcernsmustbeweighedagainsttheessentialrolethatU.S.assistancetotheP.AplaysinprovidingsecurityandstabilityforPalestiniansandIsraelisaswellascriticalhumanitarianrelieftothePalestinianpeople-c-andthepotentialconsequencesifthisassistancewereterminated.Simplyput,thesuspensionorendingofU.S.aidcouldunderminetheveryfoundationsofafuturePalestinianstate,undoingtheprogressthathasbeenmadeinrecentyearstoward
 
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wouldincreasethelikelihoodofinstabilityandviolence,inturnthreateningIsrael'ssecurity.AstheoutgoingchiefoftheShinBethaswarned,"Ifwe,theAmericansandtheWestdonotgivemoney[totheP.A.],therewillbenoPalestinianAuthority-thisisamatte!'forstrategicdecision.making."WethereforeencourageyoutoensurethatessentialU.S.assistancetotheP.A.ismaintaineddespiteongoingdiplomaticdisagreements.AsPresidentObamahasalreadyclearlystated,theU.S.governmentwillenforceallapplicablerestrictionsinexistinglawregardingaidtotheP.A.Wealsoacknowledgethatrecentandfuturedevelopmentsmaywarrantadditionalrestrictions.Atthecurrentmoment,however,webelievethatacompletesuspensionorterminationofassistancewouldbeaseriousmistakethatwouldputnear-termdiplomaticdisputesaheadofourlong-terminterestsintheregion,aswellastheinterestsofourallyIsrael.Indeed,astheoutgoingchiefofShinBetalso,recentlystated,"AslongasthePalestinianAuthorityremains
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thesecurityarrangementswehavewiththem."WeunderstandthatyoufacemanydifficultdecisionsatthistimeofgreatuncertaintyintheMiddleEast.Assteadfastfriendsof'IsraelandlongtimesupportersofIsraeli-Palestinianpeaceprocess,weurgeyoutomaintaintheassistancethathasbeensoessentialtoenhancingIsraeliandPalestiniansecurityandpromotingstabilityandmoderationthroughouttheregion.Sincerely,
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