Joe Biden is asking Congress for $75 million to help Palestinians.
As tensions in the Middle East rise, the Biden administration will request $75 million in “additional growth and economic assistance” for Palestinians this year.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared Tuesday that $5.5 million would go toward emergency disaster relief in Gaza and $32 million would go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency during an appearance in Ramallah, West Bank.
This is in addition to millions more in funding for Palestinians.
“We are currently providing more than $360 million in urgent assistance to the Palestinian people, and we will work with partners to ensure that Hamas does not profit from these reconstruction efforts,” Blinken said.
According to a State Department spokesperson, the funds provide about $33 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to finance its West Bank and Gaza emergency operations, as well as $5.5 million in humanitarian aid from the US Agency for International Development.
The spokesperson, who could only talk on the condition of anonymity, told Washington Newsday, “We are in the process of delivering more than $360 million in urgent assistance for the Palestinian people.”
The aid announced Tuesday comes on top of the more than $250 million in economic, growth, security, and humanitarian aid for Palestinians announced in March and April.
According to the spokesperson, “US assistance will concentrate on resolving the underlying issues between Israeli and Palestinian communities.”
“Other donors should help Gaza recovery efforts, as well as initiatives and events that work toward a shared objective of peace and development for Israelis and Palestinians alike,” the US says.
The spokesperson said, “US foreign assistance to the Palestinian people serves essential US interests and values.” “It helps those in desperate need, promotes economic growth, and promotes Israeli-Palestinian understanding, security cooperation, and stability.”
Over the next year, the State Department and USAID expect to provide $75 million in additional development and economic assistance to Gaza to support ongoing relief and recovery efforts.
In recent days, Israel and Hamas militants engaged in a nearly two-week-long fight over regional tensions, with bombs exploding in both regions. President Joe Biden immediately requested a meeting. This is a condensed version of the information.