U.S. pledges $900 million at Gaza conference

“Who pays the piper calls the tune”?

From ABC News:

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt: Speaking to an international donors conference set up to aid the Palestinians in war-torn Gaza, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today pledged $900 million in U.S. aid, saying, “We gather today to address the humanitarian and early recovery needs of the Palestinian people after the recent conflict and the United States joins with others in generously stepping to help.”

Only a third of the U.S. money — $300 million — is directly slated for Gaza, and Clinton said there would be tight restrictions to keep the money out of “the wrong hands.” By “the wrong hands,” Clinton means the militant group, Hamas, which controls Gaza.

“We have worked with the Palestinian Authority to install safeguards that will ensure that our funding is only used where and for whom it is intended,” Clinton said.

Excellent. Another $600 million to the Palestinian Authority–$400 million for reform and development $200 million for wages.

Just for comparison, the amount the U.S gave to Jordan during the time of King Hussein was $150 million, and after his son Abdullah became king, $300 million. Israel and Egypt each get over a billion.

Clinton today also reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to a two-state solution, saying, “Time is of the essence. We cannot afford more setbacks and delays or regrets about what might have been had different decisions been made. Now is not the time for recriminations. It is time to look ahead.”

Finally.  A U.S. policy in the Middle East that makes sense.
It will be money well spent.

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