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US Unveils $75 Million for Palestinian Economy

FILE - Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in the new Palestinian town dubbed Rawabi or "The Hills", near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Oct. 27, 2013.
FILE - Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in the new Palestinian town dubbed Rawabi or "The Hills", near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Oct. 27, 2013.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday announced $75 million in new aid to the Palestinians aimed at building roads, schools and health clinics.

Speaking at a ceremony in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Kerry said boosting economic development will show both Israelis and Palestinians "that peace has the benefits of economic opportunity and prosperity and a better quality of life."

​The money adds to the $25 million pledged by the United States in September for West Bank infrastructure improvements.

In addition, Germany will put up $10 million towards about 200 projects being identified by the Palestinian Authority. The efforts are due to start within the next six months.

The United States sees the economic track as a vital complement to ongoing direct final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians . Washington has provided more than $4.5 billion in assistance to the West Bank and Gaza since 1994, creating tens of thousands of temporary jobs.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
November 23, 2013 9:13 AM
$75 million is quite some money. But why spend money on unprofitable venture? Palestinians are fighting against US interest in the region; Palestine is sworn to the destruction of Israel; Palestine is home and training ground for terrorists, and is major motivation for world terrorism, why encourage it again with taxpayers' money? Learned of Hamas linking up with Iran which at horns locked with world bodies over intent to produce weapons of mass destruction. Since Hamas will not drop the idea of the Liberation and Resistance, wants destruction of Israel at all costs, is it right to continue to water them while they pursue that agenda? Rather than this wasteful venture, the US should adopt the 1782 - 1802 declaration that freed slaves in America and say, to every Gaza Palestinian that crosses over to westbank, shall be given certain incentive to start rebuilding their lives. That way Palestinians will be encouraged to drop violence, find a place of their own, free Israel, and make the Middle East peaceful and free from strife. Just imagine that Bethlehem - the birthplace of Jesus Christ - is in the hands of the Palestinians, what other sacrifice and how much sacrifice do they want Israel to make before they drop violence? Can they accept to concede the birthplace of their prophet for any goodwill? Mind you, this gesture is targeting more of violence reduction than land. But it will also help bring Palestinians together instead of the dispersed formation that encourages factions making discordant demands.

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