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Top Dem: Obama will warn Palestinians of ‘consequences’

by Ron Kampeas, JTA

September 20, 2011 | 5:09 pm

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Libya Contact Group meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20. Photo by REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Libya Contact Group meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20. Photo by REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Obama will make it clear at the United Nations this week that there will be consequences for the Palestinians if they continue with their statehood push, a top Democratic official told Jewish supporters. 

The actions of the Palestinians will not be without consequences,” U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said on a conference call launching the Jewish Americans for Obama website, an outreach vehicle for Obama’s re-election campaign. Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, was describing Obama’s speech before the U.N. General Assembly that is scheduled for Wednesday.

A bipartisan slate of lawmakers in Congress, as well as a number of conservatives, have called on Obama to threaten to cut off the Palestinians if they press ahead with their statehood recognition bid at the United Nations.

However, some pro-Israel groups have said that cutting funds to the Palestinians could backfire and empower radical elements.

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