And Reuters news agency quoted informed sources as saying that the aid is part of the efforts made to restore relations between the United States and the Palestinians. Democrat Biden has already made clear that he will reverse parts of his Republican predecessor’s policies in Palestine. The Palestinians felt they had been severely disenfranchised by Trump on behalf of Israel.
The new Biden administration has already pledged to resume hundreds of millions of dollars in economic and humanitarian aid. It is also working to reopen the diplomatic mission of the Palestinians in Washington. Priority is also given again to negotiations that should lead to the so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Israel and the Palestinian state sitting side by side in peace.
But the White House is looking to exit after last month’s Israeli elections, which failed to win a government majority for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Palestinian elections will follow later this year.
The Trump administration has blocked nearly all aid after it cut ties with the Palestinian Authority in 2018. The move is widely seen as an attempt to force the Palestinians to negotiate with Israel on terms the Palestinian leadership has deemed unacceptable. It is also unacceptable for the Palestinians for Washington to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In 2017, another $ 365 million flowed from the United States to UNRWA. At the end of March, $ 15 million had already been announced to combat Corona in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
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