FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 18, 2024
Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
Senate to Vote on Dr. Rand Paul’s Amendment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate will vote on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) amendment that would prohibit U.S. foreign assistance to the Palestinian Authority or any other Palestinian governing entity in the West Bank and Gaza, unless the President certifies to Congress that they have:
- Formally recognized the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state;
- Publicly recognized the state of Israel;
- Renounced terrorism;
- Purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services;
- Terminated funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement;
- Publicly renounced Hamas and the October 7, 2023, attacks perpetrated by Hamas on Israel;
- Honored previous diplomatic agreements; and
- Released all hostages abducted on October 7, 2023, and held in territory governed by the Palestinian Authority or other Palestinian governing authority.
The amendment also directs the Secretary of State to submit to Congress a report on the human rights practices of the Palestinian Authority, or any other Palestinian governing entity in the West Bank and Gaza.
If foreign aid is intended to project American power and values, the United States must insist that those recipients of foreign aid act in a manner consistent with internationally recognized human rights.