GOP lawmaker ends hold on some aid to Palestinians

November 7, 2011 - 11:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Republican has ended her hold on some $200 million in U.S. security assistance to the Palestinians.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, informed the Obama administration in recent weeks that she no longer would block $50 million in economic support funds for Palestinian Security Forces and $148 million in other assistance.

Ros-Lehtinen had put a hold on the aid in late August, seeking more information from the administration. The administration provided her with some 1,000 pages of documents and President Barack Obama certified that the money was important to the national security interests of the United States.

The Florida lawmaker said in a letter that Israel does not object or have concerns about the aid.