QUESTION TAKEN AT THE AUGUST 16, 2012 DAILY PRESS BRIEFING
U.S. Assistance to the Palestinians
Question: How much of the FY2012 support for Palestinians has been transferred and how much is still pending? Are there congressional holds? If so, what is the State Department’s view on these holds?
Answer: We are working with the Congress to ensure continued U.S. support for the Palestinians, including $200 million in direct budget support this fiscal year (2012). We note that the United States provided $200 million in direct budget support to the Palestinian Authority in fiscal year 2011.
Our view remains that our assistance to the Palestinian people is an essential part of the U.S. commitment to a negotiated two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis, promoting a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. It is in the interest not only of the Palestinians, but of Israel and the U.S. as well, to ensure these efforts continue as they help to build a more democratic, stable and secure region.