Congress May Cut Palestinian Aid Over UN Action

Israel Outraged at Palestinian Accession Into Geneva Convention

The Palestinian Authority’s accession into 15 international organizations and treaties, including joining the Geneva Convention, has sparked a US and Israeli outcry, with Congress saying they could revoke aid to Palestine over the matter.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the treaties in response to Israel reneging on a release of prisoners last weekend, leading Congress to demand the Obama Administration take action against him to show “the only path to statehood is through a negotiated agreement with Israel.”

Palestinian accession into the conventions is largely meaningless since their territory remains under Israeli occupation, and was a symbolic move to show displeasure with Israel flouting the terms of the peace talks.

It still has Israeli officials livid about the matter, with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein claiming the move was a “outrageous violation” of the deal for peace talks. Moves to sign international treaties actually are contrary to the peace talk deal, but since Israel reneged first on the prisoner release, it is debatable whether the talks even exist anymore.

In a case of effect preceding cause, at least rhetorically, Israel claimed they reneged on the prisoner agreement to punish the Palestinians for the conventions, even though the prisoners were supposed to be released Saturday and the PA didn’t apply to any of the convention until three days later, on Tuesday.

 

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