US aid will stop if Hamas doesn't disown terror

January 27, 2006 20:48


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A senior US diplomat in Jerusalem said Friday that the United States would halt its aid to Palestinians should a Hamas-led government come to power and not renounce terror. Jacob Walles, the US consul-general in Jerusalem, said the US would not deliver assistance to a terror organization, members of a terror organization or ministries controlled by a terror organization. The US gave the Palestinian Authority $400 million in direct aid last year and several million more through UN charities, Walles said. Some of the money was handed directly to Palestinian ministries. "I don't see how we would do that if those ministries were controlled by Hamas," he said.

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