REBUILDING

Kerry Pledges $212 Million for Gaza

At a Gaza reconstruction conference in Cairo on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry called for renewed commitment to achieving peace and a lasting deal between Israel, Palestine, and neighboring countries. “And I promise you the full commitment of president Obama, myself and the United States to try to do that,” Kerry said. He offered no specifics on how to restart peace talks, but announced an additional $212 million in U.S. aid to Palestinians n Gaza. Palestinians have put the full cost of reconstruction at $4 billion over three years, $1 billion of which Qatar has pledged to provide. An estimated 18,000 homes were destroyed and 2,100 Palestinians (mostly civilians) were killed during a seven-week war with Israel during July and August.