Biden to restore aid to UNRWA

US President may increase aid to UNRWA over previous levels as he reverses Trump moves cutting aid to PA.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Joe Biden
Joe Biden
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The Biden Administration intends to resume aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as well as other aid to the Palestinian Authority which was suspended by the Trump Administration, the Washington Post reported.

According to the report, President Biden intends to resume the flow of funds to UNRWA and may even increase the amount of cash the US gives the organization.

The administration is planning a package of aid to the Palestinian Arabs that will include several beats. The first of which will include $150 million in funding for UNRWA and another $75 million in civilian assistance to the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip.

The report also stated that the US was keeping Israel updated on its plans to provide aid to the PA and to UNRWA.

The Foreign Ministry responded, "Israel maintains an intensive dialogue with the United States on numerous issues. In this context, the US raised the renewal of American aid to the Palestinians and we discussed its impact on the common interests of Israel and the US. Regarding UNRWA, Israel's position is that the organization in its current form perpetuates the conflict and does not contribute to its resolution. The renewal of aid to UNRWA should be accompanied by substantial and necessary changes in the nature, goals and conduct of the organization.”

The Biden Administration has been open about its intentions to improve relations with the PA. However, President Biden reportedly does not intend to wade into the Arab-Israeli peace process in the near-future and has prioritized other foreign-policy issues over the Middle East conflict.



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