The government of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Wednesday that it is resuming humanitarian, economic and development aid to the Palestinians.
The measure represents a 180th turn from his predecessor, Donald Trump, who focused his strategy for the Middle East on measures and proposals that were frontally rejected by the Palestinian authorities, and which included historic agreements between Arab countries and Israel, which have changed the paradigm. regional conflict.
The Biden Administration will collaborate with the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) with 150 million dollars (126.2 million euros) , will allocate 75 million dollars for assistance to Gaza and the West Bank; and 10 million for peacebuilding programs, which it will channel through its Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has detailed in a statement that all these funds are in addition to the 15 million dollars that the Biden Administration announced in February to support the Palestinians during the COVID-19 pandemic and face food insecurity. in the zone.
“US foreign aid to the Palestinian people serves important US interests and values . It provides relief to those most in need , fosters economic development, and supports Israeli-Palestinian understanding, security coordination and stability, ” he said. manifested Blinken.
UNRWA has welcomed this decision of the new US Government. Its director , Philippe Lazzarini , has indicated that this support will mean “a new commitment to UNRWA and timely support for its programs.”
The permanent observer of the Palestinian territories at the UN , Riyad Mansour , has also spoken , insisting that it represents a “much necessary amount to address the challenges facing UNRWA.” The Government of Washington has remarked that it “is deeply committed to ensuring that our partnership with UNRWA promotes neutrality , accountability and transparency.”.
“In conversations with the US State Department I have expressed my disappointment and objection to the decision to resume funding for UNRWA without first securing certain reforms, including stopping incitement to violence and removing anti-Semitic content from its educational program “, has tweeted the Israeli ambassador in Washington , Gilad Erdan .
“UNRWA schools regularly use materials that incite hatred against Israel and the twisted definition used by the agency to determine who is a ‘ refugee ‘ only perpetuates the conflict,” he stressed. That is why the Israeli Foreign Department has stressed that the aid “must be accompanied by substantial and necessary changes in the nature, objectives and conduct of the organization”, as stated in ‘The Jerusalem Post’.
Not only that, Biden has also had a conversation with King Abdullah II of Jordan , in which he “stated that the United States supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” as reported by the White House . Although Biden knows that short-term solutions are very complicated.
A statement that contrasts with the decisions taken during the Trump era , in which the former president signed the “agreement of the century” , which designates Jerusalem as the “indivisible” capital of Israel, leaves the settlements under Israeli control, gives the sovereignty of the Jordan valley to Israel.