Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) called Thursday for the United States to reevaluate diplomatic ties with the Palestinian Authority and foreign aid to Palestinians in an address before the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Brown is the latest in a long list of Republicans who have aimed to shore up Jewish voters over the past week by taking hawkish stances towards the Palestinians and highlighting their avid support for Israel's security.
GOP presidential candidates have been one-upping each other on who can take the hardest line stance on supporting Israel. And on Wednesday, a Senate committee threatened to close the Palestinians' office in Washington and to cut off their aid if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asks the U.N. Security Council to accept an application of membership for Palestine.
"I have been vocally opposed to the Palestinian Authority’s actions," Brown will tell the Jewish group, according to his prepared remarks. "Following this reckless and unilateral action, the United States must reevaluate its diplomatic relationship with the Palestinian Authority."
Brown is headed for what is shaping up to be a heated race to keep the Senate seat he won in a 2010 special election to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), who died in 2009.
Republicans have jumped on what they perceive to be an opportunity to make inroads with the Jewish vote since last week's special House election in New York, where Republicans scored an upset victory in part because Orthodox Jewish voters abandoned the Democratic candidate.