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Top Republican releases remaining Palestinian aid he held up for months

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23.09.2021

NEW YORK — A top Senate Republican agreed Wednesday to release the remainder of humanitarian funds that he had been holding up since the Biden administration allocated them to the Palestinians last spring, his office told The Times of Israel on Wednesday night.

A spokesman for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch said that the senator had agreed to release $20 million in aid he had been holding, “as long as it is reprogrammed to be used for food aid, and will not be in the hands of terrorists.”

Risch initially held up all $75 million in humanitarian assistance that the Biden administration earmarked for the Palestinians last March. In the months that followed, he released roughly $55 million of that aid in two separate approvals.

The ranking Republican member has repeatedly expressed his apprehension over the aid, warning that it could be funneled into use for non-humanitarian causes. The Biden........

© The Times of Israel


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