Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who returned this week from a bipartisan trip to Israel, released this statement on the signing of a new agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas in Cairo, Egypt:
"Today's signing of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement confirms that the Palestinian Authority has chosen unity with a terrorist organization over peace with Israel. This new Palestinian government has rejected the basic international standards set forth by the Quartet, including the rejection of violence and recognition of Israel's right to exist. This agreement comes just days after Hamas condemned the U.S. operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, a vile terrorist whom Hamas mourned as a "holy warrior." Israel cannot be expected to move forward without a partner that shares its same commitment to peace.
"Just days after news of the reconciliation broke, I visited the Israeli community whose children's school bus was just recently targeted by a Hamas rocket. Pursuant to U.S. law, American aid to the P.A. must cease now that these terrorists are part of its government."