March 2nd, 2009
10:43 AM ET
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U.S. offers $900 million to Palestinians

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends Gaza donors conference in Egypt on Monday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends Gaza donors conference in Egypt on Monday.

(CNN) - The United States has offered more than $900 million to help the Palestinian people, particularly those in Gaza, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Monday.

"Only by acting now can we turn this crisis into an opportunity that moves us closer to our shared goals," Clinton said at a Gaza donors conference hosted by Egypt in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

"By providing humanitarian assistance to Gaza, we also aim to foster conditions in which a Palestinian state can be fully realized."

She said the U.S. aid package - which must be approved by Congress - has been "designed in coordination with the Palestinian Authority" to make sure the money "does not end up in the wrong hands."

Clinton was referring to the Hamas leadership of Gaza, which the United States has designated a terrorist organization. The Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is led by President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah party is a bitter rival of Hamas.

President Obama has not ruled out talks with Hamas but said the group must first renounce violence, recognize Israel, and abide by previous agreements that successive Palestinian governments have reached with the Israelis.

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  1. Glennis

    Well, that'll buy materials for a few more rockets to lob into Israel. Good going, Obama. I can't decide it he's just naive, stupid, or cunningly evil.

    March 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. PJP

    Hell–meet handbasket!!!

    March 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Erika, KS

    Can you buy peace? Or will they hold peace as hostage and then demand more? I'd be wary of this approach. One cannot have real peace if one does not want it.

    March 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. JJ

    Typical Clinton foriegn affairs policy. OUR CASH that we can't AFFORD...

    March 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Dan, TX

    If we can afford to spend a trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan, why not help rebuild GAZA, after all, it was bombs we paid for that destroyed it.

    You want to not spend money overseas. Let's get out of Afghanistan and Iraq NOW.

    We are all frustrated that Osama Bin Laden won the war and helped to bankrupt the world. We are frustrated and angry because we've been so stupid and we are the ones to blame for most of the problems.

    March 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. jm

    The Saudi's already pledged $1Billion for reconstruction of Gaza. Why do we need to spend more on top of that.

    March 2, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. NC

    lets take care of America first, our priorities should be here and not there

    March 2, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. REF

    hey robert lets talk economics 101 lets say i make gadgets that cost me labor marketing eveything that brings the gadget to the shelf for sale lets say it cost me 10 dollars now people who say that i make to much selling it at 11.00 dollars say i need to pay an additional tax of 1 dollar quess whos paying that not me ****the consumers does it a hidden tax*** but you may feel better because you think you just screwed a job producer but you rally screwed youself* you cannot punish the people who make jobs and expect more jobs *****now most conservatives do not believe in open borders check your democratic party stance on that iraq was voted on by the congress they controll the funds if they really believed it was against our national interest they could pull the plug by denying funds after all they had control of congess all of it since 2006 b/4 they simply used it to bash bush so dont act holier than thou its those democrats who hoped our troops would be slain for pure political reasons other wise they could have gotten us out and also remember it was the official policy of the clinton govt for regime change in irag since we are so rich lets not just give the palenstians almost a billion dollars hey lets just print and indebt our children more lets make it a trillion*******

    March 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. JB

    Hey Charlie, you miss the point. WE ARE OUT OF MONEY. We have none, zip zero. This money that we are giving, we are just printing it. It doesn't actually exist. When are people going to realize this. And, every dollar that we give away, makes the dollar worth less. All that money you have in your 401k decreases in value with every Obama spend. 3.9 trillion dollars. . . . . we are in deep. This isn't just gonna get better. People, wake up.

    March 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. bob from canada

    get over it looserssss........obama is for everyone and not only one set of people.......israel better get use to not being the favorite anymore

    March 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Bob from Michigan

    As ridiculous as this might sound but we CONTINUE to believe that helping Pakistan WILL help us achieve this goal of decimating Taliban in Pakistan and this is plain and simple STUPID... Reason: Pakistan state / Government is FULL and INFESTED with the radicals and Islamic Fanatics and 85% of the funds are in fact going to strengthen the Al Quaida and the terrorists....

    SOLUTION: Follow the example of Iraq. In fact, if not for Bush's ego and stupid policies, we should have quarantined Pakistan instead of Iraq!!

    March 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Rache from Bowie

    Why can't they do for themselves. We don't have a whopping $900Million to give to anytone!!! They are just going to buy war supplies anyway!!

    March 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Jon in CA

    AMAZING!!

    US sends $700 Billon/year to oil-rich arab nations in the middle east ... and WE ARE THE ONES sending $1 Billion to Palestine??

    Good lord – only a democrat could be so stupid! (Obama)

    March 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. INDEPENDANT VET

    THE DEMOCRATS ENJOYED THAT WHEN CHANEY SHOT HIS DEAR FRIND. THE DC CARRIED ON , AN ON .

    NOW WE ARE GOING TO GIVE , 900 MILLION TO A BUNCH OF DO WRONGERS. SO THEY CAN PURCHASE MORE WAR POWER TO HAIL BACK . IN MORE ROCKETS.

    SOMEBODY TAKE THEM IN THE BACK ROOM , AND ASK THEM 1 QUESTION . WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE THAT , HAVE NOT RECOVERED FROM , THE FLOODS, IKE, KITRINA ETC.
    RIGHT HERE AT HOME YOU START FIRST .

    WAKE UP , OBAMA NOMICS . WILL DESTROY AMERICA.

    WE CAN HEAR THEM , we inheroted it . bEST YOU LOOK BACK FROM CARTER ON . YES BUSH INHERITED A LOT.

    BUT OUR CHANGE IS GOING DOWN THE HILL A LOT FASTER , THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THE BRAKES ARE , FIRST GET YOUR DAM FOOT OFF THE THROTTLE.

    ######################################################

    March 2, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. TM in CO

    Why don't you help out the American people instead of these people? If situation were reversed, you think they would help us out? Yep, that's what I thought. Start worrying about Americans for a change

    March 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Wally

    LOL@tom in deleware

    "super hussien" and "growing half a beard" i have a mental picture. that's funny!

    March 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. AmericanTaxPayer

    So I have no chosen to work to pay taxes to supply a new life to the Gaza Strip......what does Obama want to do ...build Strip Malls? Welcome Wal-Mart!!! Come on.....where is the money from their own muslim brothers & sisters.....yup.....going to ROCKETS and SUICIDE MISSIONS!!!
    Our country is in trouble with these fools leading the charge. Sit down Hillary....you make me sick!

    March 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Jim

    I find it amazing the ignorance of a large number of Americans. Bet most of you did not know that the little o signed an executive order allowing the influx of millions of Palestinians into this country, complete with free travel, food and lodging allowances and no telling what else. This is just what this country needs. We basically have open borders, allowing any and all to come and go at will, without regard to their intent, criminal record or their stance on this country in general.

    Keep supporting this. We will soon be without the freedom to go on line and make comments.

    March 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. norb

    Let's see? I get around 13 buck's a week out of the stimulus package. AIG gets around 163 billion and we give the Palestinian's 900 million. Unbelievable!

    March 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Lloyd, Olympia, Wa

    Who destroyed the infrastructure of these Palestinians...Let's deduct this from the money we GIVE to Israel EACH year. If history is any indication (with the money we pissed away in Iraq), we can expect a good portion of this money to go to the terriorists.

    March 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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