The Biden administration is gradually increasing its financial aid to the Palestinians in the latest reversal of former President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
The State Department, along with the United States Agency for International Development, notified Congress of its intention to provide nearly $ 75 million in aid to the region just one day after announcing a $ 15 million commitment publicly to vulnerable Palestinian groups.
The State Department declined to say whether the $ 15 million was included in the $ 75 million mentioned to Congress, or whether the two were separate payments.
The funds do not require additional approval from Congress, as they are largely appropriated in the budget for the financial year 2020.
However, they were not spent before President Biden took office because of the Trump administration̵
The then President Trump severed ties with the Palestinian Authority in August 2018 amid heightened tensions over the then commander-in-chief’s decision to move the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The decision to block the aid resulted in the loss of more than $ 200 million to the Palestinians.
The Biden administration did not shy away from publishing the resumption of payments, presumably an attempt not to cause concern among Israeli Americans about its position in the Middle East.
Reached for comment, State Department spokesman Ned Price reaffirmed the Biden administration’s support for resuming aid to the Palestinians.
“We continue to believe that American support for the Palestinian people, including financial support, is in line with our values. This is in line with our interests. Of course, this is in the interests of the Palestinian people, “Price told reporters.
“This is also in the interests of our partner, Israel, and we will have more to say about it,” he continued.
Although Biden may not support Trump’s doctrine on all aspects of foreign policy, he welcomed an effort by the previous president: the Abrahamic Accords.
The Abraham Accords were signed last September, normalizing relations between Israel and two Gulf states in a deal led by the Trump administration.
At the time, Biden vowed to build on his predecessor’s work, praising the diplomatic achievements of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
With Post wires