March 2nd, 2009
10:43 AM ET
13 years ago

U.S. offers $900 million to Palestinians

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Robert

    I notice CNN won't let anyone comment about LImbaugh so those of you who read this here goes:

    Take a good look, does the name Orca (large whale with big mouth) come to mind. Between this big mouth and the rest of the Republicans with termite brains we are in big trouble. These fools haved apparantly forgotten what has happened the last 8 years under REPUBLICAN rule. God are they scared to death their rich big business cronies may have to help fix what they created meaning less payoffs come election time. What did the Republicans do?
    ruin economy, no health insurance, outsource all jobs, let 20 ILLEGAL aliens into US to take jobs, do nothing about big oil and gas rip off, etc etc etc….OH YEA, and Bush's Republican appointees to our intelligent agencies "mislead-sure" them and we invaded a country that did NOTHING to us. SURE – let's listen to them.HAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    March 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. IsaacTheForcedCatholic

    Forget the people in Palestine and Israel (especially Israel) and worry more about US people. I don't trust Israel one bit. They have a lot of secrets that nobody knows and America should put a bright light on their corrupt leaders.

    March 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. geg

    you can not buy peace giving either side money is putting fuel on a fire to put it out

    March 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. MJE WPG

    If we would just leave them alone and let them fight it out between themselves and let the last one standing declare themselves the victor watch how fast these two would find a solution. THEY DON'T WANT OUR HELP.

    March 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. another Dave

    900 million? that is a joke right?

    March 2, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. kelly WI

    How much will we be paying Iran, Pakistan and N. Korea?
    That is what diplomacy is....blackmail and pay offs.

    March 2, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. jb

    Great comments Robert. I can see that you put a lot of time reading the stupid Limbaughs comments. That part about smaller government and personal responsibility was really stupid. So were the idiotic freedom remarks. I'll sure be glad when my new government shoes show up, do you know if they are going to be brown or black?

    March 2, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Where is the OUTRAGE when in 2001 GW BUSH gave 1.35 trillion dollars in TAX CUT to the RICH & CORPORATE AMERICA

    I wonder why the U.S. is bailing out the palestinians when they stand idly by and let Isreal put the palestinian people & city in ruins!

    what gives?!

    March 2, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. liz

    Good!! It is our fault they have been murdered by the thousands!
    Palestinians have every right to be angry, and 60 years of treating them like they are not human beings sure as heck hasn't worked, how about we try a different approach?

    March 2, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. a REAL American

    Right now Hamas is probably saying to themselves "Thank you Mrs. Clinton for helping us buy more weapons and rockets to wage war with. Akbar Allah!!!!!!!!!!"

    March 2, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Lotta Muni

    One benefit of an 800 billion bailout is that any other sum seems like peanuts by comparison, so why not give away hundreds of millions to political entities that have demonstrated the stability of an earthquake zone? Reality has entered a realm of surreal political irony not seen since the likes of Jonathan Swift.

    March 2, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. JSU-TIGER99

    Why would you want to give $900 million dollar to another country when you have people in your own back yard that need money. Fix the problem here first than try to help someone last

    March 2, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. kelly WI

    That 13 a week is to help us pay for the new taxes on energy and gas.
    Thats because of Obamas new cap and trade policy. Carbon emissions.
    Remember what the gov. gives us they can also take away. They are already takeing our savings, pensions and jobs. What more do you expect out of the Savior and Team.?

    March 2, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. David in Houston

    It's about time...

    March 2, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Fan of Common Sense

    That should buy a lot of rocket launchers and hand grenades. Anyone who thinks this money will not ultimately be used for weapons of war are incredibly naive and gullible. It's simply ALL THEY KNOW.

    March 2, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. An American

    Our Government has gone NUTS!! We cannot even help ourselves. I cannot believe this. Will some government official out there please come to your senses and put a stop to this.

    March 2, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Melissa

    I disagree with this. The US needs to take care of the US, not of other countries.

    March 2, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Rick

    And where is this $900 mil supposed to come from?
    Oh yeah, we'll just borrow it from China.

    March 2, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. me

    Some of the hate fueled, ignorant comments regarding Isreal's genocidal actions in the Gaza strip (over 1000 Palestinians dead, mostly women and children. 13 Isrealis, nine of them soldiers in combat.) are disheartening.

    Do your research: Isreal always murders hundreds of Arabs at whim. They make them carry special i.d.s and have yellow plates on their cars (yelow tag...yellow star. Sound familar?

    March 2, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. orca hes the man

    All my Gold and money is in offshore accts.I own my own island,plane and helicopter.When all the stuff ive stirred up hits the fan and your standing in bread lines I will be laughing and having a drink in the sand,of course I will take my golden microphone with me.

    March 2, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Deborah

    If you once wrote in your own biography "In the end I will stand with the Muslims", as our new Leader did, then Hillary is doing what she has been told to do.

    As an American I consider sending $900 Million dollars to a people who consider us their ARCH Enemy an Impeachable Offense!

    WE SHOULD BE OUTRAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Kimberly in Azizona

    This is insane! Where is the uproar about this. 900 MILLION? To help Gaza? We need to stop sending money to these countries that have ZERO intention of ever stopping the violence and crap they have been involved in for thousands of years! NO MORE MONEY IN THE MIDDLE EAST OR ISREAL OR PALISTINE!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Kool Aid is Bad for You

    You voted for the messiah... Look what you've started.

    DOW hasn't dropped this low under Bush, who you morons foamed at the mouth over, yet Barry is making it plummet faster then ever before.

    March 2, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Really, seriously? I am sick of the US giving aid to Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, when the majority of the sentiment in these countries is downright anti-US. You know, we are getting laid off, and our own infrastructure is crumbling, public schools are in shambles, even the ivies are crying hell. And here we are sending hundreds of millions in aid? Is this bizzare or what? I am an obama supporter, but i hate this policy.

    March 2, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Anna, ATL

    The Dems are trying to avert further 9-11 catastrophies.

    Although it won't curb the dangerous mentality of Muslim extremists, it could very well temper the sensible Arab population (by far the majority), who are still reeling over the displacement of the Palestinian people decades ago.

    I don't think it will curb the senseless hatred between Arabs and the Jews, however. The wounds go far deeper than the Palestinian crisis, which was justifiably a battlecry for the cause against Israelis.

    We would be doing more than our share to avert further crisis' with this gesture.
    FROM NOW ON, these two peoples need to work out their own familial differences, or both sides should be held equally accountable by the United States.

    March 2, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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