Palestinian aid rises to $1.2 b Reuters. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 21.03.07 | 11:19 (IST)

    International aid to the Palestinians grew from about $1 billion in 2005 to more than $1.2 billion in 2006, despite a boycott of the Hamas-led government, officials said Wednesday. Much of it was emergency aid from Europe, the United Nations and the Arab world that was funneled to people outside the government to ease a humanitarian crisis largely triggered by the international sanctions. As the world weighs whether to also shun the new Palestinian government, a coalition of Hamas and Fatah, critics say the sanctions have cost the donors more money while causing long-term damage to the Palestinian economy. Israel is pushing for a continued boycott, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said Wednesday that "we wholeheartedly support efforts by the international community to upgrade support to the Palestinian people." Prospects for an international policy change are uncertain, because the Hamas-Fatah coalition stopped short of meeting the conditions for lifting the boycott, including recognizing Israel and renouncing violence

    from the article: Israel to snub foreign envoys who meet with Hamas ministers
    First published 00:00 21.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 21.03.07
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