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. Buckeye

    Let's see, Wall Street tycoons got over $700billion of taxpayer money; banks and auto companies get rewarded for their abject failures and greed with another several hundred billion in public funds. But the people of Gaza, guilty only of being Palestinian, get a meagre $300 million after being annihilated by Israel using US weapons. What's wrong with this picture. Plenty.

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

    It is one of the areas I disagree with this administration and that is foreign aid. When we have a deficit our size, people without jobs, people loosing their homes, how can we be sending any money anywhere to help anyone, when we The American People need it. We are in debt.
    And to send it to a place and a people who danced in the streets when the news spread about 9/11. They danced in the streets celebrating the violence and destruction and shouting down with America. And we are going to send them millions as Hamas has control and continues to bomb Isreal. This one has me scratching my head.
    Please Mr. Obama, and all other government officials, this money is sacred, and earned from the hard work of Americans, please do not continue to send it oversees until we get our own financial selves in order, thank you.

    March 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Jackie

    This is pure insanity, I'm sure that 900 million will buy alot of suicide vest and racist propaganda. Hamas is a terrorist organization, bent on the destruction of Israel. Giving our money to Gaza while americans are struggling doesnt make sense. Screw those animals and lets concentrate on our own problems.

    March 2, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Jack

    This gets more ridiculous by the day.. if Obama keeps giving our hard earned money to Hamas, to the failing banks, AIG, etc etc, there won't be an America left to save in 2012.
    What's so interesting is that he ran on the PROMISE to go through bills "line by line" to remove earmarks.. yet this 410 BILLION bill he is signing is filled with it.. so much for "change we can believe in"

    March 2, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Lynn

    Interesting insights–thank you for this post.

    March 2, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. jrzshor


    a palestinian is not an arab. oops.

    March 2, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. luke

    this woman is worse then obama. Sad country right now. Very sad.

    March 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Ray Fisher

    The money must be contingent on stopping the rocket fire into Israel and restarting the peace process!!!We may have a new chance at stabilizing the region with President Obama.

    March 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. paul oregon

    take care of united states frist. after israel and gaza have been at peace for 50years then maybe aid.

    March 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Trysh in Los Angeles

    We don't have money for other countries. Why aren't the Republicans whining about this? Why do they ONLY whine about money being spent on Americans?

    March 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. j

    - $900 billion-- To help rebuild what they forced on themselves and Israel retaliated !!!!!!!!!!!! -- You got to be kidding !!!!!! - I thought we were in economic dire straits ????? What a deal, I suppose we`re replacing all the bombs, shells, etc. Israel used, too. -–

    March 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Matthew, Detroit


    Hillary and Barack both say they support Israel and this goes completely against what they said when running for President.

    Giving them 900 Million. No Problem. Everyone who complained about the IRAQ war, well here is more spending.

    We should stay out of this and stop paying countries. The next move is to give North Korea a trillion dollars like back in the Clinton days.


    March 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. DavidinCA

    I knew Hillary Clinton would come blazing in as the hard-nosed tough negotiator her past performance promised we would see.
    Nice pick, President Obama. I just hope it was worth the political benefits you got by giving Mrs. Clinton a cabinet position, even if she was just a second choice

    March 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Paul

    I understand the good-will angle we are trying to take with both sides in the crisis in the Middle East, but WE HAVE NO MORE MONEY!!!! We need to spend taxpayer dollars on the tax-payers. We need to tell Iraq, Adghanistan, and Palestine need to deal with their own problems!

    March 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. j

    - $900 million-- To help rebuild what they forced on themselves and Israel retaliated !!!!!!!!!!!! -- You got to be kidding !!!!!! - I thought we were in economic dire straits ????? What a deal, I suppose we`re replacing all the bombs, shells, etc. Israel used, too. -–

    March 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. MICK in MESA

    NO! No money for Islamic radicals – anywhere in the world – period!
    WE need the $900M here in this country right now.
    All those Muslim nut jobs will do with our bucks is buy US flags to burn, vests for suicide bombers and dull knives to saw off the heads of western reporters...

    March 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. no corporate politics

    Hillary is strong enough to reverse Obama's image of pro-Israel that he put forth on his web site and in speeches.

    She is more diplomatic. I think between the two of them, the world will look at us in a better light.

    Except Afghanistan. Where Obama's troops and UAV's keep blowing people up.

    March 2, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Tony

    This money will end up in the wrong hands.

    Instead of sending in money, we should send in TEACHERS. Palestine is a literate population that has been taught hate; they can be taught tolerance with the proper resources.

    March 2, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Voter

    We are in a recession. We do not have money to be giving away. Obama is a big disappointment, spending more money than he should in the wrong things.

    I guess W was not as bad, or maybe Obama is equally bad.

    I regret having voted for Obama. His administration so far is a joke, a 3rd Clinton term, with too much spending on the wrong things.

    I will vote republican in 2010, no matter what.

    March 2, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. rich

    One last thing, why does the American tax payers always have to pay when Israel go off the deep end and blow up everything indiscriminately? Israel is a parasite on the American tax payers. We are already in debt and need every last dollar of that money to dig ourselves out of that hole. And by the way, spare me any rants about my being anti-semitic. Israel has a right to exist, but she cannot go about it perpetuating arguably an apartheid state or another holocaust on the Palestinian people.

    March 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. yeah

    Geg, actually you can buy peace. Carter promised lots of aid to Egypt and Israel if they stopped fighting. Since then, Egypt and Israel have not gone to war. Look how much aid we yearly give the two

    March 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. harry

    And how much are we giving to Israel to buy our arms?
    5 billion....6 much.

    We must not give money to anyone until they learn to live in peace.
    Currently Israel has the mighty army, supported by and paid for by they can run all over them.

    March 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. everything is Reps fault

    To all you whinning mesiah loving libs that have it in your distorted little brains that all the world ails is at the hands of Bush... WAKE UP! Are you fools so full of hate to your fellow Americans that you will allow any enexperienced big spend liberal do anything he wants, because he saids it is so? Because he won an election on "change" will not hush opposition. I am a republican and I pay taxes and it is pathetic to see how this column continues to print the whinning, victimize, out of work, give me something for nothing liberal dribble that is always on here. If you don't pay taxes, of course you want something for nothing. The modern day free loader. "Give me mines"!!! Quit your cry baby liberal victim tones and take responsibility for yourself and quit depending on govt to do it for you.
    Just because a man is elected President, doesn't make him right. Why are liberal SO afraid of any opposing view?

    March 2, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Matthew, Detroit



    Nancy Pelosi is the biggest supporter of SAFE HAVENS FOR ILLEGALS IN THE US.

    In California the Home Depots that go up are forced to build access on the side of their buildings with a SHELTER, BATHROOM Facility, Etc... For the illegals that stand around looking for work.

    Limbaugh is not a fan of illegals. Your Democratic Party HOPING to cater to future votes (illegal or not) is letting them in.

    They also are the ones that allowed and wanted programs in the Mortgage Industry that allow illegals to buy housing they cant afford. The Dems in Illinois were very big on it. It was a pet project of Blagovich.

    March 2, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. disillusioned

    Just great. Any reason the Arab nations, you know, the ones with all the money, the ones that hate the "Great Satan", can't take care of the Palestinians? Another prime example of the Government giving away money that is not theirs to solve problems we did not cause, while ignoring the American People who are in need.

    March 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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