By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
It looks like the United States, specifically the White House, has officially embraced the Hamas / Palestinian Authority Unity Government. This is a major turnaround. And it is a serious violation of US law.
The Israeli daily Maariv reported on and then quoted the high level Palestinian official and head of the Fatah reconciliation team, Azam Al Ahmad, saying that since the unity agreement the new Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has been invited to the White House for an official visit. "The visit will take place in June, during which Hamdallah will meet with the American president and visit the US Congress."
Azam Ahmad also said that "The US administration has renounced its previous disapproval of the national unity government and will now support the new government."
This is truly earth shattering. It will require some very fancy footwork on the part of Washington diplomats and whoever else wants to recognize the new Palestinian government.
According to US law, a law which was passed by Congress, Hamas may not receive support or US money.
As a result of the unity government, any aid and/or any money that goes to the PA cannot be separated from
Hamas - and so it is impossible to recognize the newly formed unity government.
Even the presidential waiver cannot apply here. It is a clear and absolute rule. Congress passed this law expecting this specific scenario.
There is no way around this law. The only answer would be to change the law.
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