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Admin to Continue ‘Essential’ Palestinian Aid Despite Next Statehood Bid

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Admin to Continue ‘Essential’ Palestinian Aid Despite Next Statehood Bid


The last congressional freeze was lifted by Obama for "national security" reasons on a Friday night.


Bridget Johnson

August 17, 2012 - 2:15 pm


The Obama administration indicated this week that it will continue funding the Palestinian Authority despite pushback from Congress.

At the end of April, the White House announced on a Friday night that, despite President Mahmoud Abbas’ unilateral attempts to garner a declaration of statehood for the territories, it was “important to the national security interests of the United States” to waive the funding restriction.

That announcement came shortly after the Obama administration granted another waiver to give Egypt its full $1.3 billion in military aid despite the congressional conditions that mandated the country take democratic steps to receive the funding. Again, the waiver was granted on national security grounds.

Last month, the Palestinians denied reports that the U.S. was threatening to cut aid if the PLO continues a statehood push at the United Nations, even as congressional efforts continue to block the funding.

But on Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority was trying to round up support among foreign diplomats for a renewed statehood bid, reported the BBC. Hanan Ashrawi, a PLO executive committee member, said that the territories would need a financial “safety net” in case the U.S. cut off aid because of the move.

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