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PLO says US to allocate $440 million to PA in 2014
Published Wednesday 01/01/2014 (updated) 08/01/2014 10:56
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The United States is set to increase financial aid to the Palestinian Authority in 2014, the PLO ambassador to Washington said Tuesday.

Maen Erekat told Ma’an that the US Congress agreed to allocate $440 million of financial aid to the Palestinian Authority in 2014. He highlighted that in 2013, US aid was $426 million, $495 million in 2012 and $545 million in 2011.

In 2014, most of the financial aid will be developmental projects through the US aid agency USAID. Only $70 million is expected to be paid directly to the PA’s treasury, he highlighted.

The ambassador noted that “despite the endorsement, financial aid to the PA will be affected by progress of the peace process in Palestine.”

The Palestinian leadership, says Erekat, has asked the US to reestablish a joint Palestinian-American committee which was active in 1990s to discuss political, economical and tourism issues among others.
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1 ) Robby / USA
02/01/2014 18:32
Don't forget the $244 million we give to the UNRWA.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/01/2014 08:16
To Robby #1: 'Don't forget the $244 million we give to the UNRWA.' ...but that all goes to meet expenses Israel would otherwise be obliged to pay. Shouldn't it be counted as part of our aid to Israel?

3 ) Robby / USA
04/01/2014 19:12
2 ) Colin Wright / USA - If those so-called "refugees" moved anywhere in the world (except to Arab countries) they would have been immigrants/citizens decades ago. But thanks to Arab countries apartheid they continue to be stuck in a welfare system that will never end. No, it isn't part of our aid to Israel, who is our ally. It is money for a welfare system that should be ended immediately or fully funded by the Arab countries.

4 ) Robert / US
08/01/2014 00:39
#3 Robby, israel is a Welfare state supported by the US taxpayers, No ?.

5 ) Just the facts / USA
09/01/2014 22:40
Israel gross national product (GNP) was $275 Billion in 2011, and over $300 Billlion today. US aid to Israel is $3 Billion, or only 1%. That hardly constitutes major support of an Israeli Welfare State. And the $3Billion in US aid isn't even spent in Israel. It is used by Israel to buy defense weaponry from US companies. Just the facts, folks.

6 ) Brian Cohen / Palestine
31/01/2014 22:53
#3 Kind of like the Jews who live around the world? Why are they still considered refugees and allowed to make aliya into Israel. Double standards huh? If you're Jewish you have the right to return but if you're Arab, you don't?
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