Pence, R-Ind., said he is drafting legislation that would restrict money from being given to the Palestinians so long as Hamas has control of
. Pence wants to offer the measure as an amendment to a $34.2 billion bill that funds the State Department and foreign assistance programs. Gaza
Pence said his concern is that Bush's decision to resume aid will "open the flood gates of support for authorities within the Fatah government that could ultimately be used against
," he said in an interview Wednesday. Israel
"Right now we're at a time when Hamas is sitting behind the desk of government buildings in
wearing ski masks and holding AK-47s," he added. "It's hard for me to see where we can provide any funds directly or indirectly to supplement or support what is an emerging terrorist Palestinian state." Gaza City
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