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Statement by Robert G. Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, of Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations regarding the announcement of the Palestinian unity government:


“We are disappointed and deeply concerned at the formation of the Palestinian Authority “unity” government. The United States and Israel have made clear that they will not engage with Hamas, a declared terrorist organization that continues to call for the destruction of Israel. We urge the United States and other governments to be vigilant in their judgment of and dealings with the newly declared government. We call on President Abbas to return to the negotiations with Israel and not engage in this charade. United States law prohibits funding to a Palestinian government in which Hamas participates. We, therefore, support the calls by members of Congress from both parties to review US aid to the Palestinian Authority and to assure that the law is appropriately implemented.”


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