The aid is part of the effort to restore ties of the United States with the Palestinians, Reuters news agency reports based on insiders. Democrat Biden had already made it clear that he is going to reverse parts of his Republican predecessor’s Palestinian policies. The Palestinians felt they were being severely disadvantaged by Trump in favor of Israel.
The new Biden administration had already pledged to resume hundreds of millions of dollars in economic and humanitarian aid. She is also working to reopen the Palestinians’ diplomatic mission in Washington. Priority is also once again being placed on negotiations that should lead to the so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so Israel and a Palestinian state peacefully side by side.
But the White House is looking to the cat out after last month’s Israeli elections, which failed to win a government majority for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Palestinian elections will also follow later this year.
The Trump administration blocked almost all aid after it cut ties with the Palestinian Authority in 2018. The move was widely seen as an attempt to force Palestinians to negotiate with Israel on terms that the Palestinian leadership saw as unacceptable. It was also unacceptable to the Palestinians that Washington recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
In 2017, another 365 million dollars flowed from the US to the UNWRA. At the end of March, 15 million dollars had already been announced for the fight against corona in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
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