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Blinken Promises More Aid for Palestinians and Backs Netanyahu

  • U.S. secretary of state pledges funds for Gaza reconstruction
  • Netanyahu reiterates his opposition to Iran nuclear accord
Antony Blinken, right, arrives at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on May 25.

Antony Blinken, right, arrives at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on May 25.

Photographer: Alex Barndon/AFP/Getty Images

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken offered a show of support for Palestinian leaders after years of a cold shoulder from the Trump administration, pledging to help reconstruction efforts while also underscoring that the American alliance with Israel remains strong.

Following a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, Blinken said the U.S. would provide $75 million in new aid this year, in addition to $5.5 million in immediate disaster assistance after the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza strip and $32 million to a United Nations refugee agency that helps Palestinians.