World donors pledged $7.4 billion for the Palestinians at a conference Monday, a massive sum that beats the Palestinians' own expectations, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said.
"The real winner today is the Palestinian state," Kouchner told a news conference after the gathering of nearly 90 countries and international organizations in Paris. "We wanted $5.6 billion, we have $7.4 billion, not bad."
The Palestinian government had asked for $5.6 billion to shore up its economy amid a renewed push for a Palestinian state.
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