LONDON - The United States would look favorably on a request from the Palestinian Authority for more funds to plug a budget shortfall, the top US Aid official said on Thursday. Henrietta Fore, administrator of the US Agency for International Development, is in London for a meeting on Friday of international donors who last December pledged $7.4 billion to the Palestinians over three years to support efforts to find peace in the Middle East.
The quartet of Middle East peace mediators—the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States—will also meet in London on Friday.
A report from the International Monetary Fund, released in advance of Friday's meeting, said the Palestinian Authority faced a $400 million budget shortfall in the second half of the year.
Asked if Washington would be amenable to a request for more money to help with the budget shortfall, Fore said: "Yes, we think that this is an important part of the world. It's important to support and back strong efforts of progress of people who are working for peaceful, prosperous solutions."
And in other news, only 10 kassam rockets were launched at Israeli civilians by the peaceful neighbors.