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

U.S. offers $900 million to Palestinians

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(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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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Israel • Middle East • President Obama
soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. 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 |
  2. Reality 101

    Is anyone posting an international diplomacy expert? I didn't think so...

    There are civilians in the region who are suffering and need aid who have almost nothing do with the fighting except for the simple fact that they live in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is part of American principle to help those in need domestically and abroad - especially if it advances our interests in the region and moves the region closer to being stable. I think that Sec. Clinton knows what shes doing more than people who post here.

    @ Travis in Colorado: Clearly you know nothing. Being Muslim or Islamic does not make you a bad person or a terrorist. I can definitely live with Barack Obama as our president but I can't stand people like you.

    March 2, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. still hoping

    Biden abd Obama,

    I think they made a movie out of this, "Dumb & Dumber".

    March 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Make sure we spend the $900 million because the Palestinians will purchase weapons with that money to kill Israeli civilians since they are not man enough to face the Isreali Army man to man!

    March 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. matt

    Robert:

    In response to your comment:

    I have a job, I have health insurance, my job was not outsourced, allowing only 20 illegal aliens doesn't sound bad (I don't know where you got that #) and I bet you actually belive Obama is pulling troops out of Iraq don't you? Ha, let's just rename them, they aren't troops anymore, now they are "combat advisors"...get a clue bud

    March 2, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. karen-Phoenix

    I do believe it is going for Humanitarian needs just as a "Marshall Plan" would do and that is they type of plan we need throughout the middle east, Pakistan/Afganistan and let NATO and the other middle eastern countries chip in!!

    March 2, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Concerned in MA

    Now THERE'S a good way to spend our tax dollars, huh?

    March 2, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Unbelievable

    900 million to ANOTHER PART OF THE WORLD

    March 2, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Ralph in NJ

    This is just their back-door way of supporting terrorists. Remember, Obama got his start in Chicago politics with a former domestic terrorist. There has to be some pay-back somewhere down the line.

    March 2, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. ray ray

    The Stock Market just fell into 6000 territory, the economy is worsening, and the Obama administration is giving $1 BILLION to Palestine???

    It is time for the 2nd American Revolution!

    March 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. MLH

    Thank you, President Obama. This is a step in the right direction. We have a moral obligation to help these humans in distress not only because they are our brothers and sisters, but because we bear a great deal of responsibility for their current situation.

    March 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. seethetruthdemocrat

    Why are we helping this country? We can't help others until we help ourselves. The people of our nation desperately need financial help. So, US continues to go in unbelievable debt for other countries. Why? I am so sick and tired of this kind of change and hope.

    March 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Where is the OUTRAGE when in 2001 GW BUSH gave 1.35 trillion dollars in TAX CUT to the RICH & CORPORATE AMERICA

    The US is giving money to both Isreal and the Plalestinians to kill each other!

    what kind of policy is this? what gives?!

    March 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. america first

    will it be called socialism if we help these people? what about the U.S?

    March 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Jose in Utah

    @ Had it 11:06 am ET

    have a heart.
    if we dont help, who will?

    March 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Scott, Tucson

    900 million!! Why is Foreign Aid such a sacred cow that we can't stop this endless flow of money to those who would like to bury us? And why do WE have to tighten our belts and suffer while our political leaders continue to waste our money.

    Somebody needs to keep Hillary in this country because right now, we sure can't afford her overseas trips like this one.

    March 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Better yet, quit funding Israel's criminal occupation of millions of peoples' lands as Resolution 242 demanded in 1967, and stop funding their imprisonment and slaughter of the people of Gaza. Those tungsten bombs they tested on Gazan civilians are horrific, and funded once again by American dollars.

    March 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Doug

    Let California have it, of me. I'll spend in local schools, homeless and the hungry right here in America.

    March 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Rick

    When can we start impeachment proceedings against this idiot Obama? He is on a mission to destroy the country. You dumbocrats can't blame Bush anymore....it's all on your boy Obama now.

    March 2, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. jrzshor

    why is my tax dollar going to some guy in a far away country when i can't get the feds to give me a dime?

    March 2, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Harry

    This is ridiculous. CNN is reporting that the stock are gone down at 12 year low. This emans we are going back 12 years if our lives. Hillary Clinton wants to spend money for these terrorists. Of Course people in gaza need to be looked at but what guarantee is there that the money will not get into Hamas' hands. She is a jerk.

    March 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. rich

    Israel should be the one ponying up that $900 million. After all, they were the ones who went crazy blowing up the whole place in a heavy handed manner. I think the U.S. should subtract that money from all the money they routinely give Israel.

    March 2, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Harry

    This is ridiculous. CNN is reporting that the stock are gone down at 12 year low. This means we are going back 12 years if our lives. Hillary Clinton wants to spend money for these terrorists. Of Course people in Gaza need to be looked at but what guarantee is there that the money will not get into Hamas' hands. She is a jerk.

    March 2, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. P. Y.

    @ Travis in Colorado

    What, are you on a Rocky Mountain High ? Your predjudice is showing.

    I have to believe that our president and his cabinet know a little bit more about what is going on in the world than an idiot like you.

    Give these people in Washington a chance. Bush and his gang had 8 years of screwing everything up. Lets try to find some peace in the world.

    @ Reality 101-Good note.

    March 2, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. jrzshor

    ps

    where is the arab oil money going?

    March 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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