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July 18, 2005
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President Bush formally waived restrictions on $50 million in aid to the Palestinians. Congress approved $300 million in aid to the Palestinians in recent months, but with restrictions that would ban direct assistance to the Palestinian Authority because of its past corruption and links to terrorism. Bush pledged $50 million in direct aid when he met with P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas in May, saying that the Palestinian Authority needed the cash to help smooth the transition once Israel leaves the Gaza Strip next month.

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