Ms. Collins was a sponsor of a Senate resolution that threatened to halt
U.S. aid to the PA. The resolution, co-sponsored by 88 senators, called on
President Barack Obama to veto any declaration of Palestinian statehood in
The Senate's non-binding resolution, passed on June 28, also appealed to
Obama to suspend U.S. aid to the PA in wake of the reconciliation agreement
by Fatah and Hamas. In April, Hamas, termed a terrorist organization by
the European Union and the United States, reached agreement to form a PA
government with Fatah in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
"A permanent and peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
can only be achieved through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations," Sen.
Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, said.
A similar resolution against the PA was being circulated in the House.
The resolution has garnered 289 co-sponsors, or a majority of the
legislative body, and was expected to be approved.