Why does the US support Israel so much

US financial aid for Palestinians again

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that US $ 150 million will go to the UN Aid for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA), and $ 75 million will be earmarked for development projects in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Another ten million dollars would be used for peace-building measures between Palestinians and Israelis, and support on security issues should be resumed.

The United States wanted both Israelis and Palestinians to live in "prosperity, security and freedom," Blinken said. US President Joe Biden's administration wants to rebuild support and political contacts with the Palestinians in order to promote a two-state solution. The money should also help the Palestinians to cope with the consequences of the corona pandemic.

In 2018, then US President Donald Trump almost completely cut aid to the Palestinians. The move was part of a realignment of American Middle East policy, which was based more on relations with Israel.

US President Joe Biden (his Vice-President Kamala Harris on the left) reaffirmed that he supported a two-state solution

A representative of the Palestinian government hailed the US push as a "good start". The office of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas reiterated its commitment to a two-state solution. The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was pleased. Since the challenges have only gotten bigger in times of Corona, the announcement by the US government comes at the right time for those affected in the region, according to a statement by the SPD minister, which was distributed via Twitter.

se / wa (rtr, dpa, afp)