US Restores Assistance for Palestinians, Providing $235 Million in Aid

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM—The Biden administration announced on Wednesday it would provide $235 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees. The package, including humanitarian, economic, and development assistance, was detailed by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The plan calls for $150 million through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA, $75 million in U.S. economic and development assistance, and $10 million for peace-building programs, Blinken said in a statement. Biden’s aides have also signaled that they want to reestablish the goal of a negotiated two-state solution as a priority in U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But any further major steps are likely to wait for the dust to clear after Israel’s inconclusive March election, which will be followed by Palestinian elections scheduled in coming months. The cuts came after Palestinian leaders decided to boycott the Trump administration’s peace efforts over its decision to …
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