Foreign Aid For Economic And Humanitarian Development Within Palestine

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Post the Oslo Accords in 1993, multiple countries supported aid for economic and humanitarian development in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Foreign aid was also used to support the initiation of a peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis. There was a hope of an improvement in the economic standing in the region from both the international community and majority of the Palestinian population. However, it is arguable that the economy of the occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank has in fact plummeted to an even worse condition than before the Oslo Accords. Although there have been positive short-term outcomes from the Accords, there have been far more long-term and complex consequences. Donor countries, most importantly the United States, were not able to effectively allocate aid in order to reduce the inefficiency of the Palestinian economy. The inability of the United States to provide stable economic and humanitarian development within Palestine is the result of three main issues: Israeli military occupation and blockades, the unintentional implementation of a dependency for aid in occupied Palestine, and political patronage.
Focusing on the United States as a major donor, U.S. bilateral economic and humanitarian assistance to Palestine will be unsuccessful with continuing support towards Israeli military occupation and blockades in the occupied West Bank. Palestine has been allocated approximately $5 billion in U.S. bilateral economic assistance post the Oslo

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