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The Anti-Defamation League is hailing a vote by the U.S. Congress urging President Barack Obama to suspend financial aid to the Palestinian Authority if its leaders push for United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state.

The resolution in the House, approved by 407 of the 435 representatives on Thursday, July 7, was introduced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. The Senate had already approved the resolution.

It calls for the renewal of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and states that “Palestinian efforts to gain recognition of a state outside direct negotiations demonstrates absence of a good faith commitment to peace negotiations, and will have implications for continued United States aid.”

Members of Congress were commended “for mobilizing a resounding message that the Palestinians cannot reject direct negotiations with Israel and embrace Hamas,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, and Robert Sugarman, the ADL’s chairman.

“Instead of reconciling with Israel, the Palestinian Authority has reconciled with Hamas, a terrorist, anti-Semitic organization sworn to Israel’s destruction. The Palestinians need to take seriously the president’s warning that ‘symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won’t create an independent state.’”

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