Joe Biden vows to restore US aid to Palestinians as president

Joe Biden said that if elected president, he would resume US aid to the Palestinians, which was revoked by the Trump administration in part because it was being used to support terrorism. Biden would also seek to reopen the Palestine Liberation Organization mission in Washington, DC, according to a report.

“A priority now for the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace should be resuming our dialogue with the Palestinians and pressing Israel not to take actions that make a two-state solution impossible,” the presumptive Democratic nominee told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in a statement.

“I will reopen the US consulate in East Jerusalem, find a way to re-open the PLO’s diplomatic mission in Washington, and resume the decades-long economic and security assistance efforts to the Palestinians that the Trump Administration stopped,” the former vice president added.

Biden also said it was vital to stop the Jewish state from taking any unilateral steps that could imperil chances of Israeli-Palestinian peace and jeopardize the prospect of a two-state solution, referring to reports that Israel may try to annex parts of the West Bank.

Biden did not specify any concessions he would demand from the Palestinians.

A peace plan unveiled recently by President Trump embraces Israel’s annexation plans as long as Jerusalem accepts its premise that a Palestinian state would emerge in other parts of the territory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set July 1 as a deadline to come up with an annexation plan.

Biden has said he would not reverse Trump’s decision in 2018 to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

The Palestinians pulled out of the president’s peace process in December 2017, when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump later cut off virtually all assistance to the Palestinians and closed the PLO office in Washington.

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