Washington deepens massive cut to Palestinian aid package
Reconciliation funds will be redirected to programs for Jewish and Arab Israelis
Washington has slashed additional aid to the Palestinians for programs supporting conflict resolution with the Israelis, an official said Sunday. The latest reduction is on top of more than $500 million in other cuts.
The latest cuts come from $10 million in reconciliation programs involving Palestinians as well as Jewish and Arab Israelis, AFP reported.
A US embassy official said the portion of the money allocated for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip was being redirected to programs for Jewish and Arab Israelis.
“As announced in August, the administration redirected more than $200 million that was originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza,” a US embassy official said. “At the same time, we redirected a portion of the $10 million which was planned for conflict management and mitigation.”
The official said the portion involving Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza would instead be used “to enhance” programs in Israel. It remains unclear exactly how much of the $10 million is being redirected.
US President Donald Trump has said he will deny aid to the Palestinians to pressure them to negotiate as the White House prepares a new plan for Middle East peace, which he has dubbed the “ultimate deal.”