Palestinians get $7.4 billion in pledges from world donors

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.