Senate Bill Penalizing Palestinians For U.N. Bid Does Not Pass

A law that could have cut off U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority failed to advance in the Senate on Wednesday, effectively killing it. The defeat of the proposal, an amendment attached to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have cut off aid if the Palestinians brought a case to the International Criminal Court and expelled a Palestinian diplomatic mission in the U.S., is seen as a victory for the pro-Israel group J Street, which lobbied against its passage. An American aid cutoff would have damaged prospects for a two-state solution and hurt ordinary Palestinians, as Palestine’s economy is heavily dependent on foreign aid.