Israel requests US development aid

Peres meets Rice, says Israel willing to resume negotiations after elections.

January 19, 2006 01:51
1 minute read.
Israel requests US development aid

dignified peres 298 88aj. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Former prime minister Shimon Peres renewed Israel's request for special US financial aid for the development of the Negev and Galilee. Peres met in Washington with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and discussed the issue with her. Talking to reporters outside the State Department building in Washington, Peres said that now that Israel was out of the Gaza Strip, it was time to focus the attention on the Negev and Galilee and that is why he was raising again the Israeli request, based on a public pledge made by US President George Bush in his last meeting with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Israel put in a detailed request for special aid that reached over $2 billion, but following Hurricane Katrina Israeli officials decided to put the request on hold due to the huge cost of the post-hurricane rebuilding effort for the US. Though in principle the US administration has approved the special aid to Israel, the sides have not yet reached any agreement on the final sum or the breakdown of the aid money. In his meeting with Secretary Rice, Peres said that after the elections the new Israeli government will be willing to conduct direct negotiations with the Palestinians and discuss a final status solution, based on the process laid out in the road map. Peres said that the emergence of a new centrist party in Israel would make it easier to make decisions regarding the peace process.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town