House approves $865 million for Palestinians


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Obama administration’s request for $865 million in assistance for the Palestinians.

The funds approved May 14 include $300 million in humanitarian assistance for the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas, a terrorist group, and more than $100 million for training a security service answering to the more moderate leadership of the Palestinian Authority.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged to Congress that the Gaza funds would be subject to strict restrictions and would not reach Hamas.

The funds, backed by an array of pro-Israel groups, are part of a $96.7 billion war supplemental package for the Iraqi and Afghanistan operations. The package must now be approved by the U.S. Senate.

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