In the past, the new US administration pledged to resume hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, and to work for the reopening of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington.
On Wednesday, Palestine welcomed the United States ’decision to resume aid that the previous US administration had frozen to the Palestinians, describing the move as positive.
Earlier Wednesday, the US State Department announced – in a statement – Washington’s intention to resume aid to the Palestinian people, including the restoration of $ 85 million in direct aid and $ 150 million in humanitarian aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
The Palestinian presidency said – in a statement – that the decision to resume aid will contribute to supporting infrastructure and basic services.
The Presidency affirmed its readiness to work with international parties, specifically the International Quartet Committee (which includes the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations) to reach a political solution that guarantees security and stability in the region.
Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh also welcomed the US move, according to a statement issued by his office.
Shtayyeh said, “We are looking forward to the restoration of political relations with the United States in a way that achieves our legitimate rights for our people to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and to reopen the US consulate in occupied Jerusalem.”
He added, “We also hope that the United States will put pressure on Israel to curb the desire for expansion and settlement in the occupied lands, especially the ethnic cleansing that the city of Jerusalem is exposed to.”
US-Palestinian relations deteriorated after the decision of former US President Donald Trump in 2017 to recognize the occupied city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the following year Washington cut off financial aid to UNRWA, and then announced the US peace plan for the Middle East, known as the “deal of the century” at the beginning of last year. As illegal Israeli settlements.
The new US administration had previously pledged to resume hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, and work to reopen the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington.
Aides to US President Joe Biden have also indicated that they want to revive the goal of a negotiated two-state solution as a priority in US policy on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
However, they are moving cautiously so far, and any major steps are likely to await clarity after the inconclusive Israeli elections of last March, which will be followed by Palestinian elections in the coming months.