As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, I've always considered myself a man of peace. A Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority is antithetical to a peaceful Middle East or a two-state solution and I strongly support current US law that prevents any funding from going to Hamas. But Hamas profits when we cut off funding to NGOs in the region working towards reconciliation and peace -- the likely result of HR 4681. Providing assistance to proactive programs that work to build peace and democracy in Palestine is critical to US national security interests, a secure Israel and a two-state solution.