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It appears that U.S. leverage with the PA is in short supply. Even before the U.N. vote, Mr. Abbas bragged to the newspaper Al Hayat-Al Jadida in January that the United States couldn’t “dictate” to the PA. According to a translation provided by the invaluable Palestinian Media Watch, Mr. Abbas said, “The U.S. is assisting us in the amount of $460 million annually. This does not mean that they dictate to us whatever they want.”

But what does the United States want? Governments across the Arab world seem to have no clue, especially after Mr. Obama’s back-and-forth over Egypt and the fate of Hosni Mubarak.

The PA apparently has decided that it doesn’t matter. For Americans facing the prospect of funding Hamas, that matters a great deal.

Joel Mowbray is an adjunct fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.