Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

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The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has proposed introducing sanctions against any countries conducting deals with North Korea.

"I did not see any evidence that the Palestinian Authority has stopped payments to jailed terrorists and their families", Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio. "Those were assurances that were given to me in the most recent trip to Bethlehem", he said. "They have changed their policy, at least I have been informed they've changed that policy", he said during a Senate budget hearing.

Aside from Cuba, America's relations with Russia were at an "all-time low" over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, and also over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential elections.

But both Israeli and Palestinian leaders are disputing Tillerson's claim, saying there has been no change to policy. "So, it is-we've been very clear with them that this is simply not acceptable to us".

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On June 11, Issa Karake, director of the PLO's Commission on Prisoner Affairs, told the Watan news agency that the prisoner families would continue to receive support and that the PA would "not submit to Israeli pressure and blackmail".

Tillerson added, "We have had conversations with [the Palestinians] and told them they can not continue these types of payments and expect the U.S. or the American people to see any explanation for why they do that".

"Almost every other household among the Palestinian people is the family of a prisoner or martyr", he told Haaretz.

Halting the payments to families of assailants, or "martyrs", is one of the preconditions that Israel demands before it would agree to renew the peace talks with the Palestinians.

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"This amendment also takes appropriate steps to ensure that current sanctions can not be unilaterally unwound by this administration", Shaheen said.

"But in the last eight months, what price has Russian Federation paid for attacking American democracy?" said McCain, who also faulted Congress for not moving more quickly.

Representative Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House panel, pressed Tillerson on how the State Department was responding to the issue of election interference.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been reluctant to halt the payments, fearing a popular backlash and increased support for the rival Islamist group Hamas.

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About 6,500 Palestinians are now being jailed in Israeli prisons.

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