Kerry promises $47 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza
The United States is to provide $47 million in humanitarian aid to help Palestinians hit by Israel’s campaign in the Gaza Strip, US Secretary of State John Kerry pledges.
“We are deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel’s appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself,” Kerry said in Cairo as he met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
In 2006 following Hamas’s success in the Palestinian legislative elections, Ismail Haniyeh, the newly elected Prime Minister wrote a letter to President Bush.
In this letter Haniyeh asked for his new government to be recognised, he offered establishing a border on 1967 boundaries and agreed to a long-term truce.
“We are an elected government which came through a democratic process.”
“We are so concerned about stability and security in the area that we don’t mind having a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders and offering a truce for many years.”
“We are not warmongers, we are peace makers and we call on the American government to have direct negotiations with the elected government,” he wrote. Haniyeh also urged the American government to act to end the international boycott “because the continuation of this situation will encourage violence and chaos in the whole region.”
President Bush never responded to the letter and the United States continued its boycott of Hamas and of Gaza.