Biden commits $100 million for East Jerusalem-based Palestinian hospitals

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As part of a multiyear commitment to aid Palestinian health facilities, US President Joe Biden on Friday promised an additional $100 million to fund hospitals in East Jerusalem.

Prior to meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and wrapping off the first phase of his Middle East tour before departing for Saudi Arabia, Biden made the commitment at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem.

There are no hopes of a significant political breakthrough during Biden’s meeting with Abbas, but he is expected to reiterate his support for a two-state solution to the protracted conflict and will provide a new package of economic and technical aid for the Palestinians.

A senior administration official told Reuters that Biden will not come with a plan to restart the stalled Israel-Palestinian peace process during his visit the West Bank on Friday.

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US President Joe Biden speaking at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem – AFP

“[There] are practical realities on the ground that we are very mindful of so we have not come in with a top-down plan but we have always said that if the parties are ready to talk, and we think they should, we will be there, right beside them,” the official said.

Before his visit, Palestinian leaders had accused Biden’s administration of prioritizing Israel’s integration into a regional security arrangement with Arab countries above their concerns, including self-determination and continued Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

On Thursday, as Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid announced deepening security ties in their so-called “Jerusalem Declaration,” there were protests in the West Bank and Gaza against his visit.

Biden administration officials have rejected Palestinian charges of inaction, pointing to a reversal of the funding cuts and diplomatic freeze imposed by former President Donald Trump.

A two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state sitting alongside the existing state of Israel has long been the favored solution for the international community.

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On Thursday, both Biden and Lapid voiced support for the two-state model. But with Israel heading for elections in November and little backing for stopping the expansion of Israeli settlements on West Bank land that Palestinians want for a future state, immediate prospects for agreement appear remote.

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