Biden will send $75million in aid to Palestinians this year after far left Democrats including AOC said ceasefire was ‘not enough’
- The Biden administration will ask Congress for $75 million in aid to Palestinians, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday
- He was meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah during a tour of the Middle East
- The U.S. will also provide $5.5 million in immediate disaster relief for Gaza and put $32 million toward the United Nations Relief and Works Agency
- ‘We will work to ensure that Hamas doesn’t benefit from these reconstruction efforts,’ Blinken also pledged
- The commitment comes as President Joe Biden has been pushed by those on the Democratic left to do more for the Palestinians and not sell weapons to Israel
The Biden administration will ask Congress for $75 million in aid to Palestinians, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday after his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The U.S. will also provide $5.5 million in immediate disaster relief for Gaza and put $32 million toward the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which is responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees.
‘We will work to ensure that Hamas doesn’t benefit from these reconstruction efforts,’ Blinken also pledged.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that the U.S. will send $75 million in aid to the Palestinians
Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) listens during a joint statement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (right) in Ramallah
The commitment comes as President Joe Biden was being pressured by progressives to improve conditions for the Palestinians.
At a town hall in the Bronx Monday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas a ‘welcome development,’ but argued more needed to be done.
‘It’s an important development but it’s not enough because it does not address the actual ongoing dehumanizing conditions that are leading or rather contributing to the outbreak of violence,’ she said, according to The New York Post.
‘We must continue to center the protection of human rights, the human rights of Palestinians and Israelis alike … But we must also acknowledge the asymmetry in the situation and acknowledge the vulnerable that has played in the last several weeks of crisis,’ she continued.
She was critical of Biden reacting to the 11-day conflict too slowly, and the U.S. sending military aid to Israel.
‘I introduced along with [Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders last week a joint resolution to express disapproval in the US targeted weapon sales to the government of Israel. It was a historic resolution,’ Ocasio-Cortez boasted.
Biden said during remarks last week that the U.S. would continue to outfit Israel’s so-called ‘Iron Dome’ defense system.
However, the Biden administration has been pointing to the April announcement of resuming aid to the Palestinians as proof that the U.S. is engaging with both Palestinians and Israelis, a relationship that was lopsided in favor of Israel during President Donald Trump’s tenure.
Blinken also confirmed that Washington will be moving forward in reopening the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, an avenue for diplomacy with the Palestinians.
‘It is an important step in our view in terms of continuing to rebuild the relationship with the Palestinian leaders that was cut off for several years because of the closure of the consulate,’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday on the heels of the announcement.
She called the consulate reopening the ‘next natural step’ after the April decision to send aid dollars to the Palestinians again.
‘This is all part of our efforts to rebuild that relationship,’ Psaki said.