US official: Gaza reconstruction aid to top $900M
United States aid for the Gaza Strip's reconstruction will likely top $900 million, an official said, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepared to make her first Mideast trip as America's top diplomat.
Israeli and Palestinian officials said Monday that Clinton will visit Israel and the West Bank during the first week of March. Clinton said during her Asia trip last week that she would attend an international 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 be at least $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, which runs a separate Palestinian administration in the Gaza Strip.
Israel worried Obama may cut aid
– Israel's Defense Ministry is reportedly worried President Obama will scale back military aid to Israel to protest continued Jewish construction in the biblical West Bank.Also:
The defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Jerusalem Post, commented ahead of the Obama administration's anticipated release of its fiscal 2010 budget and the visit here later this week by Mideast envoy George Mitchell. Mitchell, a former Senate majority leader, is a fierce opponent of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
WND reported exclusively earlier this month Obama's White House had pledged to the Palestinian Authority it will closely monitor Jewish construction in the West Bank and will protest any new housing developments in the biblical territory, according to top PA negotiator.
"They told us the White House will watch for any Jewish construction," said the PA negotiator, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"Obama knows that if (Likud Chairman Benjamin) Netanyahu is the next prime minister, he will try to expand the settlements. They pledged to us this will be strongly protested," the negotiator said.
Anti-Israel former ambassador to Saudi Arabia officially nominated and accepted position in Obama admin: director of the National Intelligence Council (I believe people who keep demonizing a "Jewish Lobby" are also anti-semitic, so - an antisemite is the new Dir. of National Intel Council)
Cut a billion from Israel, give it to
I believe this policy can't be any more clear. And Obama cannot be made any less of a liar:
Although the electoral campaign is way behind us - we need to keep reminding people about this particular lie, and how it's implementation will and is affecting the Middle East.
Obama campaign promises not to cut aid to Israel
If you ask me, the new administration is treating the economy and public funds as if it were monopoly money. Print it at as you go - it's not real, it's toy money. Keeps going through "start" and collecting his 200 (billions) on his way to a spending binge. The recent joke spread as pro Obama propaganda - he's going to halve the deficit, a week after doubling it.
How much of a stretch is it to claim that moving a billion from aid to Israel to Hamas is a switch of allies? Are you feeling comfortable paying in cash to those who deliberately fire rockets at homes of Jews in Sderot and Ashdod? How about those who strap suicide belts to 14 year old teens and blow up people eating at a shawarma stand and at pizzerias?
The question a month ago was "will Obama rule from the center after campaigning from the left"? The answer is unraveling before us. And it has been only a month. Just wait and see what's coming next...