In Brussels, Israel to ask international donors to help fund $1 billion Gaza aid plan

Amid reports of a financial crisis in Gaza following the US decision to cut aid money from the Palestinians, Israel is set to propose a $1 billion plan to rebuild the Gaza Strip and to ask for
A UN food distribution centre in Gaza Photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib, Flash 90

In a meeting of donor countries for the Palestinian Authority taking place in Brussels on Wednesday, Israel is expected to propose a plan for humanitarian recovery in the Gaza Strip and ask for international assistance in funding it, Haaretz has reported.

The plan, which should cost about $1 billion, includes the construction of water desalination facilities, gas pipelines and electricity lines.

The emergency meeting in Brussels was convened in light of the Trump administration's recent decision to stop funding the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), a move that is said to have put Gaza on the brink of financial collapse.

The meeting was called by Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, who heads the forum of donor nations, and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. It will be attended by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and US Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, as well as representatives from Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

Representing Israel in the meeting will be Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and IDF Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai.



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