The Biden administration plans to resume aid to the Palestinians, recalling Trump’s 2018 suspension in a bid to rekindle tensions with Israel, a close ally of the United States.
The State Department said Wednesday it was seeking দিতে 235m from the Palestinians, including $ 150m from the UN refugee agency to start cultivating them, and $ 75m for development assistance to the West Bank and Gaza.
“The United States is pleased to announce that we are working with Congress to announce the resumption of US economic, development and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people,” said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a statement.
He said US foreign aid for the Palestinian people served “important US interests and values” and that Washington saw progress in “prosperity, security and independence” as a way for both Israelis and Palestinians to move towards a “compromised two-state solution.
The announcement marks one of the first concrete steps by the Joe Biden administration to restore relations with the Palestinians, an attempt to fulfill the promise of a campaign to support some of the Trump-era policies that have been seen in their favor. Israel.
Under Donald Trump, Washington recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the U.S. embassy there. It has also launched diplomatic efforts to normalize relations between Israel and several Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in a move to undermine the Palestinian cause.
While the Biden administration has no plans to reverse these steps, it has indicated that it will feel more balanced in its relations with both Israel and the Palestinians, who have stopped negotiating efforts with the Trump administration. A peace treaty strike I saw it as one-sided.
Biden The Israeli has spoken to the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took over the presidency four weeks after taking office Already talked Other traditional U.S. allies, including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany
Gloria Steele, the agency’s acting administrator for the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the United States had provided more than বিল 5 billion in aid to the Palestinians since 1994 and that the new injection would help Palestinians “meet basic needs, reintegrate and support Palestinian society.” Recovery “.
Both the Trump administration and Israel have made UNRWA deeply flawed and biased criticism of Israel.
“Clearly, there are some areas where we would like to see reform,” foreign ministry spokesman told a press briefing on Wednesday, Ned Price, “better to keep a seat at the table”.