ZOA Lobbies for Embassy Move, P.A. Cut-Off


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Zionist Organization of America mission to Congress lobbied for bills that would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and cut off assistance to the Palestinian Authority if it declares statehood.

Some 400 delegates met with an array of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday.

They lobbied for bills that would remove the presidential waiver from existing legislation mandating the embassy’s move from Tel Aviv and that would cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority in case it declares statehood unilaterally.

The P.A. has denied such plans, but is lobbying for international recognition of such a state.

The ZOA delegates also lobbied lawmakers to examine existing law to seek ways to cut off the P.A. as long as it is allied with Hamas, the Gaza Strip-based terrorist group.

The two entities reconciled in recent weeks.