In U-turn, US to now provide $235mn to Palestine as aid. The United States is restoring financial aid to Palestine at least $ 235 million, reversing the 2018 decision of then-President Donald Trump to resign.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday said that the American foreign aid for the Palestinian people is working for the most important people in the United States. He also said that It provides great assistance to those most in need, promotes economic development, and supports Israeli-Palestinian understanding, security cooperation and stability.
The resumption of aid in Palestine is another turning point in Trump’s foreign policy decision, joining a growing list that includes ongoing efforts to get the US to reunite (Iran’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). Earth.
The bulk of the US aid to Palestine – $ 150 million – will go to the UN Relief and also the Works Agency (UNRWA), which was established 72 years ago to help displaced Palestinians. Another $ 75 million will cover the economic assistance and development in the West Bank and Gaza and $ 10 million in peacekeeping programs, Blinken said.
These payments will be issued by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
He said that the United States is committed to advancing prosperity, security, and freedom for both Israelis and Palestinians in tangible ways in the near future, which is important in itself, but also as a means of advancing a two-state solution.
A Palestinian official, based in Ramallah, welcomed the move. Ahmad Majdalani, the Palestinian Authority’s social development minister, according to reports said that this is a good, important and constructive step towards repairing the Palestinian-American relationship, which was being destroyed by the Trump administration. He also said that they believe it can be built by addressing some of the remaining challenges.
The United Nations, which heads the UNRWA, has also adopted an American declaration. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that they hope that others now will follow. There were many countries that had significantly reduced or stopped donations to UNRWA. We hope the US decision will lead others to rejoin UNRWA.
Trump ended aid in 2018 as part of his general trend towards Israel. He also saw Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the kingdom of Israel at Golan Heights, which he captured in Syria in 1967.
Israel has criticized the resumption of aid. Gilad Erdan, his ambassador to the US and the UN, called it “anti-Israel and anti-Semitic”. Ambassador Erdan said that they have expressed my disappointment and opposition to the decision to renew UNRWA funding without first ensuring that certain changes are made, including preventing violence and removing anti-Muslim content in the education curriculum.
Congressmen of the Republican Republicans also opposed the launch of the aid program and said they would look into the package of violations of American law.