The US president announced that he has allocated 200 million dollars to the refugee agency Unrwa and another 100 million dollars for the Palestinian health network
“The Palestinian people have the right to a state of their own that is independent, sovereign, vital and endowed with territorial continuity”, said Biden, thus distancing himself from the past statements of his predecessor Donald Trump. “I realize that the Two States goal appears remote when unworthy things like travel restrictions or daily concerns for the safety of your children are real and immediate,” he continued.
“This visit – said Biden – is the beginning of a new and strengthened dialogue” between the United States and the Palestinians. The president stressed that he had “overturned” the policy regarding Trump, and that he had decided to increase support for the Palestinian economy, security and health.
“I announce today – he specified – that he has allocated 200 million dollars to the refugee agency Unrwa and another 100 million dollars for the Palestinian health network in East Jerusalem”. “This – he continued – is the time to strengthen Palestinian institutions”. In his opinion, this requires, among other things, an improvement on the Palestinian side in “transparency” and in the fight against corruption. After meeting with Abu Mazen, Biden went to visit the Church of the Nativity. He will then continue by helicopter to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv from where he will take off for Saudi Arabia.
Speaking in Bethlehem, along with the president of the Palestinian Authority, President Biden said the death of Palestinian-US journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was a “huge loss to the essential work of sharing the story of the Palestinian people with the world” and he added that the United States “will continue to insist on a full and transparent account of his death and will continue to support freedom of the media anywhere in the world.” Biden, struggling to pronounce her name, said Abu Akleh “was doing vital work” when she was killed in May.