The Biden administration will provide $10 million to Palestinian groups in Judea and Samaria and Gaza, where Hamas diverts humanitarian aid to fund terror infrastructure targeting Israeli citizens.
By United with Israel Staff and AP
The Biden administration notified Congress this week that it will send millions of dollars in U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, despite the Hamas terror group’s massive rocket barrages, which have killed nine Israelis.
One of the victims was only five years old.
As the conflict intensifies despite U.S. calls for restraint, the administration notified Congress on Thursday that it will provide $10 million to Palestinian groups in Judea and Samaria and Gaza, where the Hamas terror group rules with an iron fist and frequently diverts humanitarian aid to fund terror infrastructure targeting Israeli citizens.
The recipients of the aid were not named.
The State Department said Friday that the money is part of more than $100 million that the administration allocated to the Palestinians earlier this year, reversing a near total cutoff in support under former President Donald Trump.
In a notice to lawmakers obtained by The Associated Press, the U.S. Agency for International Development said the $10 million would go to support “people-to-people efforts to bring together conflict-affected groups to address divisions that may be rooted in group differences such as ethnicity, religion, status, class, or political affiliation in areas affected by conflict and civil war.”
It said the money would be spent mainly on cross-border projects between Israel and Gaza, but might also include programs for Jews and Arabs living in Israel.
The fighting between the two sides has been intensifying, with rocket attacks from Hamas terrorists in Gaza on Israel. Arabs within Israel have also launched violent attacks on Jews, waging pogrom-like nightlong attacks in Lod.
The Biden administration has made no secret of its belief that Trump’s approach to the Mideast was flawed, despite the fact that it produced an unprecedented four peace treaties between Israel and Muslim countries.