Trump Administration To Increase Aid To Palestinians, Report Says

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As the Trump administration prepares to initiate significant foreign aid cuts around the world, State Department documents published Monday indicate the White House plans to increase aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The documents, published by Foreign Policy magazine, detail the State Department’s internal budget plan and show a planned increase of 4.6 percent in aid to Palestinian areas in the West Bank and Gaza for the fiscal year of 2018. The increase in U.S. aid would amount to $215 million for the year.

According to the documents, Syria, Iraq and Libya will also see increases in aid for the 2018 fiscal year, but aid will to Egypt will be cut 47.4 percent and Jordan will see a drop of 21 percent.

The proposed budget changes strike a different tone than the Trump administration expressed in January, when it informed the PA it had frozen President Barack Obama’s transfer of $221 million to the Palestinians in the last hours of his administration.

Reports of the potential aid increase to the PA come ahead of a May 3 meeting at the White House between President Donald Trump and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

(JNS.org)

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  1. Everybody has their own spin on this. The Arab lovers love this news. Most people who support Israel are bewildered and confused.
    My take is that most people don’t know the real DJT. He likes Jews, and wants wants to make the ultimate deal, which is to arrange a peace treaty between Israel and its enemies. To this end he will employ the “carrot or stick approach”. They can choose to be sensible, and make peace with Israel, then they get the “carrots”. Otherwise, the’ll get the “stick”. The choice is theirs.
    Personally, I don’t think that the Fakestinians will get the carrots too fast. Like the proverbial mule, theyr’e too stubborn.
    “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”
    – Abba Eban

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