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Official: U.S. aid to Gaza to top $900 million

February 24, 2009

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— The United States will likely donate more than $900 million for the reconstruction of Gaza, a U.S. official said Monday, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepared to attend a donors conference for the war-ravaged territory next week.

Israeli and Palestinian officials said earlier Monday that Clinton will visit Israel and the West Bank during the first week of March for her first trip to the region as America’s top diplomat.

Clinton said during her Asia trip this month that she would attend an donors conference in Egypt on March 2 to discuss reconstruction in Gaza.

She provided no other details, but a U.S. official in the United States said Monday that the Obama administration’s donation will likely top $900 million in humanitarian and rebuilding aid to the Palestinian Authority to help Gaza recover from Israel’s offensive against Hamas last month.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the donation had not received final approval, said the exact amount was still to be determined.

The official added that the aid would not go to Hamas. The U.S. recognizes the West Bank-based government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and has no formal contacts with the Islamic militant group Hamas.

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 6 months ago

What business does the US have in giving away about a billion dollars when we can't even pay bills of our own?

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lionheart72661 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree Keithmiles05, Here we are in a recession with our own people needing money with folks being laid off from jobs, parts of New Orleans still needing to be rebuilt our own state government having to cut state funded jobs. Cmon' America just where do we stop "GIVING" money away.Our deficit wouldn't be so high if we were to collect monies owed us by other countries. There are countries that still owe us money dating back to WW1 for rebuilding efforts. I have no problem helping other countries so long as we take care of ourselves first. "Hey Hillary and Barak, send me some money so I can rebuild."

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

That's a lot of mortar shells & rockets.

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lionheart72661 5 years, 6 months ago

Hey here's an idea... there are just alittle over 300 million people in the U.S. If we can "DONATE" 900 million dollars to Gaza how about "DONATING" 1 million dollars to every U.S. citizen. that's a little under 600 million dollars less than we are giving Gaza. THAT will stimulate the economy

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Daytrader23 5 years, 6 months ago

lionheart72661 (Anonymous) says…

Hey here's an idea… there are just alittle over 300 million people in the U.S. If we can “DONATE” 900 million dollars to Gaza how about “donating” 1 million dollars to every U.S. citizen. that's a little under 600 million dollars less than we are giving Gaza. THAT will stimulate the economy

I think you need to learn math.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

Well, considering that Israel gets $3 billion a year in US tax dollars and weaponry that it regularly uses to destroy Gaza, the old adage of "you break it, you fix it" would seem to apply, wouldn't it?

Of course, the world could just do what Amnesty International has called for, and cut off all weapons exports to both Israel and Hamas. But that would make actual sense, so we can't have that.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 6 months ago

bozo,

You would disarm Israel? I just want to get this straight - is that what you're saying?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

"The latter leaves alot more maimed than a bullet to the head."

What about 2000 lbs bombs?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

"You would disarm Israel?"

Did I say that? No, I didn't, but apparently that's what you wanted me to say.

What I said was to stop ARMING both sides. There's a difference, although you've demonstrated that you approve of Israel exterminating the "Arab vermin" in their midst.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 6 months ago

Bozo's been listening to too much NPR and Democracy Now. Israel has a right to protect herself when attacked or threatened with annihilation.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

" Israel has a right to protect herself when attacked or threatened with annihilation."

If that wasn't so sick, it'd be hilarious. The only ones being even close to annihilated (on a very regular basis) are the Palestinians, and you think we have an obligation to finance Israel in doing it.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

"Let the Israelis settle this once and for all."

Let? With $3 billion a year in US aid, would it really be "letting" them? Or would the US be accomplices in the holocaust you so desire?

And term holocaust is not an exaggeration. There are 5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, and the most radical elements in Israel, who have just won in the recent elections, have stated very explicitly they they intend to kill them, or drive them out, thereby creating a bit of Lebensraum for God's chosen people.

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jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

"Of course, the world could just do what Amnesty International has called for, and cut off all weapons exports to both Israel and Hamas"

Yes. And we know all those humans rights activists that run places like say...Iran.... would certainily abide.

"What I said was to stop ARMING both sides"

Yes. Because Hamas is the only threat Israel has to worry about.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 6 months ago

When referring to Israel's "most radical elements," bozo is referencing Israel's center-left party, which just beat out two more conservative political candidates in recent national elections.

If the center-left is "radical" in bozo's eyes, we can only imagine where he stands on other issues.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

"is referencing Israel's center-left party,"

The center left will very likely NOT form the next government.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

Yea, jaywalker, the policies that have been followed up to now have been so successful we most certainly must continue them ad infinitum.

BTW, the amount of "military aid" that Hamas gets is almost nonexistent compared to what Israel gets, and the results (1300 dead Palestinians, a majority civilians; 13 dead Israelis, 3 of them civilians) of the last go round are indicative of which side uses the vast military aid it receives to more murderous results.

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jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

"the policies that have been followed up to now have been so successful we most certainly must continue them ad infinitum"

Oh. Is that what I was referencing? Sorry, bozo, but halting military aid to Israel is not a viable policy shift for exactly the reasons I sarcastically responded to you with earlier. Israel and the Palestinians is one problem, the remainder of the Middle East vs. Israel is another, completely different one, and one where Israel is not the instigator. So your 'policy' suggestion of not arming Israel is ridiculous unless you wish to see the state overrun or blown away.

"BTW, the amount of “military aid” that Hamas gets is almost nonexistent compared to what Israel gets...."

Who cares!? Our job is not to ensure a fair fight. And again, our military support of Israel has much more to do with defending themselves against the other enemies of the region than against the Palestinians.

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jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

"WTF? That's their problem.

It seems we have enough of our own."

Right. We've always been an isolationist nation and have never cared nor aided others. Allies be damned. Excellent philosophy.

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jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

duped: "I wasn't aware that it was the “job” of the USA to ensure any fighting…"

Nice obfuscation, but that's not what my statement spoke to.

Liberty_one,

I hear ya, and those words were fitting for that period in time. But in order to reach the level of world commerce and trade, alliances had to be made. Not saying we're better for it now, just is what it is. We didn't obtain the status of 'superpower' by living like Switzerland.
As far as Afghanistan, Charlie Wilson was right, we (messed) up the end game. With Iraq/Iran, we did the right thing at the time. Just like Panama, ya can't predict how the guy that rises to power due to your intercedence is gonna act.
But I hear what you're sayin' and have wished numerous times we weren't the world's policeman so often, if at all.

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lionheart72661 5 years, 6 months ago

Hey Daytrader if you would read it correctly what I was saying is that We give them 900 million and we were to get a little over 300 million that would be approx. 597 million (give or take) less than what we are sending over there by keeping it here. I did the math

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lionheart72661 5 years, 6 months ago

Hey Bob maybe you need to take reading comprehension along with day trader.

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Harpo 5 years, 6 months ago

lionheart72661 - the others were pointing out that your original statement ("there are just alittle over 300 million people in the U.S. If we can “DONATE” 900 million dollars to Gaza how about “donating” 1 million dollars to every U.S. citizen. that's a little under 600 million dollars less than we are giving Gaza.") could only be true if the population of the U.S. was actually three hundred. Now if we gave everyone a dollar, your statement would be accurate. Perhaps that's what you meant to say?

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