The Biden administration is quietly increasing its financial assistance to the Palestinians. This is the latest reversal of former President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
The State Department and the United States Agency for International Development informed Congress of their intention to provide nearly $75 million in aid to the region one day after the country announced a public pledge of $15 million to vulnerable Palestinian groups.
The State Department declined to say whether the US$15 million was included in the US$75 million submitted to Congress, or whether the two were paid separately.
These funds do not require further approval by Congress because they are heavily allocated in the 2020 fiscal year budget.
Biden’s $2T spending plan (billed based on infrastructure bills) is half less than infrastructure spending
However, because President Biden’s policy prohibits almost all aid to Palestinians, they were spent before President Biden took office.
The then-President Trump severed ties with the Palestinian Authority in August 2018, and the then-commander-in-chief’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem exacerbated tensions.
The decision to block aid caused the Palestinians to lose more than $200 million.
The Biden administration did not try to promote the renewal of payment, which is likely to not cause pro-Israel Americans to worry about their Middle East position.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price asked for comment and reiterated the Biden administration’s support for the restoration of aid to the Palestinians.
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Price told reporters: “We continue to believe that US support for the Palestinian people, including financial support, is in line with our values. It is in our interest. Of course, it is in the interest of the Palestinian people.”
He continued: “This is also in the interest of our partner Israel, and we have more to say about it.”
Although Biden may not support Trump’s doctrine on all aspects of foreign policy, he welcomes an effort by the previous president: the “Abraham Agreement.”
In September last year, the “Abraham Agreement” was signed. The agreement headed by the Trump administration normalized relations between Israel and the two Gulf countries.
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Biden pledged at the time to continue on the basis of his predecessor’s work, praising the diplomatic achievements of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Israel gathered together.
This story first appeared in the “New York Post”.