The United States is resuming monetary help to Palestine with at the least $235 million, reversing a 2018 resolution by then president Donald Trump to discontinue it.

“US foreign assistance for the Palestinian people serves important US interests and values,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned on Wednesday. “It provides critical relief to those in great need, fosters economic development, and supports Israeli-Palestinian understanding, security coordination and stability.”

The revival of help to Palestine is yet one more reversal of a Trump-era overseas coverage resolution, becoming a member of a rising record that features efforts at present underneath method for the US to rejoin (the Iran deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). The US has additionally rejoined the Paris Agreement on local weather and World Health Organization.

The bulk of the US help for Palestine – $150 million – will undergo the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which was arrange 72 years in the past to assist displaced Palestinian folks. Another $75 million will go in direction of financial and growth help within the West Bank and Gaza and $10 million for peace-building programmes, Blinken mentioned.

These funds can be disbursed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

“The United States is committed to advancing prosperity, security, and freedom for both Israelis and Palestinians in tangible ways in the immediate term, which is important in its own right, but also as a means to advance towards a negotiated two-state solution,” mentioned the secretary of state.

The Palestinian Authority, which is headquartered in Ramallah, welcomed the transfer. “This is a positive, important and constructive step in the direction of rectifying Palestinian-American relations, which the Trump administration destroyed,” mentioned Ahmad Majdalani, the social growth minister of the Palestinian Authority, in keeping with experiences. “We believe it can be built upon by dealing with some other outstanding issues.”

The United Nations, which runs UNRWA, additionally welcomed the US announcement. “We hope that others will now follow suit. There were a number of countries that had greatly reduced or halted contributions to UNRWA. We hope that the American decision will lead others to rejoin as UNRWA donors,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned.

Trump ended the help in 2018 as a part of his general tilt in direction of Israel. He had additionally recognised Jerusalem because the capital of Israel and Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights, which it had seized from Syria in 1967.

Israel has criticised the resumption of support. Gilad Erdan, its ambassador to the US and the UN, known as it “anti-Israel and anti-Semitic”. “I have expressed my disappointment and objection to the decision to renew UNRWA’s funding without first ensuring that certain reforms, including stopping the incitement and removing anti-Semitic content from its educational curriculum, are carried out,” Ambassador Erdan mentioned.

Congressional Republicans have additionally opposed the help resumption and mentioned they may scrutinise the package deal for violation of American legal guidelines.


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