Palestinian Authority Designed New Hamas-Backed Gov’t Around ‘Loopholes’ to Keep U.S. Foreign Aid Coming

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The Palestinian Authority appears to have crafted the parameters of its new Hamas-backed government to ensure that it met American legal requirements to allow it to continue to receive U.S. foreign aid, a U.S. member of Congress said.

“It appears that the [Palestinian Authority] looked for, and found, loopholes in our laws that prohibit funding to a unity Palestinian government that includes the terrorist group, Hamas,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) told TheBlaze in an email.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this month swore in the interim government, made up of apolitical figures described as “technocrats” who were approved both by Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas — a group designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization.

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