Just over a month ago, the Biden administration announced $235 million in US aid to Palestinians, and on Tuesday, Hamas launched a heavy rocket attack on Israel.
“The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart US economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in early April.
This funding was a direct reversal of Trump’s policy in the Middle East. In 2018, President Trump withdrew US funding for Palestinians and began a peace process that focused on normalizing relations between Arab states and Israel.
The program was so effective, that Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and flights began between Israel and the UAE for the first time. The UAE also offered congratulations for Israeli Independence Day. Bahrain and even Saudi Arabia were brought into more normal relations as well.