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May 8, 2003
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House Democrats added language to a State Department authorization bill that advises the president not to recognize a Palestinian state until it meets goals the president defined last year. The language, inserted by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) and unanimously adopted by the House International Relations Committee on Wednesday, would allow for economic and development assistance to the Palestinian state, but only after the Palestinians have new leaders “not compromised by terror” and their state has made peace with Israel.

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