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August 17, 2005
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U.S. lawmakers began circulating a letter calling on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice not to provide arms to the Palestinian Authority. “We certainly understand the need to strengthen moderate Palestinian leaders and to provide the Palestinian people with the humanitarian assistance they need to improve their daily lives,” reads the letter, circulated by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.). “However, we believe it would be a mistake to supply weapons to the P.A., particularly before its leadership acts to control the terrorist groups.”

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