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The U.S. announces plans to resume financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.
 
05/06/2021
 

Peace in the Middle East: Can It Be Bought?

The U.S. announces plans to resume financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.

BY WATCH JERUSALEM STAFF

United States deputy ambassador Richard Mills announced at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on January 26 that the Biden administration plans to resume financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. In a press briefing on February 2, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the Trump administration’s cuts in financial aid to the Palestinians proved ineffective.

In 2018, the Trump administration stopped funding for the UNRWA over the Palestinians’ refusal to engage in peace efforts. Prior to the cuts, the U.S. was the largest donor to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), giving about 30 percent of the organization’s annual budget, or about $365 million.

According to its website, the UNRWA provides "assistance and protection for some 5.7 million Palestine refugees." Since the Biden administration’s announcement, the UNRWA is calling for its donors to provide $1.5 billion to help in its support of Palestinian refugees.

Mr. Price said the U.S. plans to revive its leadership in humanitarian aid and help the international community meet its humanitarian obligations, "including to the Palestinian people."

 
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