The Trump administration is preparing major cuts in U.S. foreign aid across the world, but plans to increase aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), Haaretz reported on Monday, citing internal State Department documents published by Foreign Policy magazine. The documents are an internal budget plan that seems in line with the administration’s stated goal of a deep cut of more than a third of the State Department and USAID’s total budget.
The documents show major cuts in foreign aid to numerous countries in all continents, but a small rise of 4.6% in foreign aid to the PA-assigned areas of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which would go up to $215 million for the 2018 fiscal year. Other places in the Middle East that would see increased aid spending, according to the documents, are Syria, Iraq and Libya, which will all see hundreds of millions of dollars invested. All other countries in the Middle East that appear in the document, however, will suffer severe cuts in aid. FULL REPORT