Welch: Gaza violence shows need to boost Abbas

US Undersecretary of State David Welch said Wednesday night that the violence in the Gaza Strip highlighted the importance of the American aid program to boost Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Israel Radio reported. Speaking at a discussion in the House of Representatives, Welch said that Abbas must be supported as he tries to impose law and order on the PA and create an atmosphere that would foster a diplomatic horizon. Clerks in the US State Department stressed that the $60-million aid program was not meant to provide weapons, only training and supplies.