That was quick.
In the aftermath of the upset victory of Hamas in the recent Palestinian elections, moves are already afoot in Congress to sanction the Palestinian pseudo-state. Shmuel Rosner of Ha'aretz has the goods on legislation proposed by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who not incidentally has never met a sanctions program she didn't like. Included in the text is this suggestion for the Secretary of State:
SEC. 4. DESIGNATION OF TERRITORY CONTROLLED BY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AS TERRORIST SANCTUARY.
It is the sense of Congress that, during any period for which a certification described in section 620K(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (as added by section 2(b)(2) of this Act) is not in effect with respect to the Palestinian Authority, the territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority should be deemed to be in use as a sanctuary for terrorists or terrorist organizations for purposes of section 6(j)(5) of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. App. 2405(j)(5)) and section 140 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. 2656f).
In other words, Ros-Lehtinen wants to see the Palestinian Authority join the company of Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. That would make the PA the first non-state state sponsor of terrorism, something in which I imagine Hamas might take some pride.