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Obama punts to Congress over repercussions for UN Palestine vote


The White House won’t seek to punish the Palestinian Authority for this week’s statehood vote at the United Nations, but did not vow to veto pending legislative proposals to cut off U.S. aid in retaliation.

The U.N. General Assembly voted 138-9 on Thursday to recognize the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as a non-member observer state, over the strident objections of the United States and Israel. In response, the Senate is expected to vote next week on legislation placing new restrictions on the $600 million in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority.

http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/270421-obama-punts-to-congress-on-repercussions-for-un-palestine-vote

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