US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a new diplomatic outreach office to Palestine, along with $40 million in new aid. Overall, the Biden administration pledged $360 million to the Palestinians, with $38.5 million in additional aid, and $5.5 million in emergency assistance to Gaza.
Blinken’s aid to Palestine reverses Trump-era policies, which halted nearly all aid. Following the cease-fire between Palestine and Israel last week, Secretary of State Blinken met with middle-eastern leaders in an effort to “rally international support.” Blinken pledged to ensure that none of the aid reaches Hamas. However, the terrorist organization has a strong presence and influence in Palestine. Citing the previous administration’s commitment to standing with Israel, Blinken claimed the Biden administration will pursue a more equal approach.
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“As I told the president, I’m here to underscore the commitment of the United States to rebuilding the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people, a relationship built on mutual respect and also a shared conviction that Palestinians and Israelis alike deserve equal measures of security, freedom opportunity and dignity,” said Blinken following a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. The US continues to support Israel’s right to defend itself. Recently, the Biden administration approved a $735 million arms sale to Israel.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: REUTERS