US aid for Palestinians in jeopardy

Move by congress in response to bid for full UN membership called "counterproductive to peace efforts".

    The bid for Palestinian statehood at the UN launched by Mahmoud Abbas has prompted pro-Israeli politicians in the US to take action.

    The US politicians are using legislative efforts to delay the delivery of $200m in economic aid - earmarked for food, healthcare and infrastructure projects - to Palestinians.

    This has drawn sharp criticism from the Obama administration. Palestinian officials are calling the decision "counterproductive" to Middle East peace efforts.

    Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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