Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday announced a $112 million package of assistance for the Palestinians and other humanitarian projects in Gaza – part of a tour by Blinken of the region that has seen renewed conflict between the terrorist group Hamas and Israel in recent days.
“Across the meetings I’ve had so far, I’ve heard a shared recognition from all sides that steps need to be taken, work needs to be done, to address the underlying conditions that help fuel this latest conflict,” Blinken said at a news conference Tuesday evening local time.
Meeting earlier in the day with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken announced that the administration will notify Congress of its intention to provide $75 million in additional development and economic aid. In addition, it will fund disaster assistance in Gaza to the tune of $5.5 million, and an additional $32 million to the controversial U.N. Palestinian refugee agency’s (UNRWA) emergency humanitarian appeal.
“This new assistance comes on top of significant support the United States has recently committed and resumed to the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinians, to different agencies and groups,” Blinken said. “In total, we are in the process of providing more than $360 million in urgent support for the Palestinian people.”
However, he emphasized that rebuilding Gaza only makes sense “if there is confidence that what is rebuilt is not lost again because Hamas decides to launch more rocket attacks in the future.”