he US Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on January 31 following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians، Dave Harden، former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group، said، according to Jerusalem Post.
Expressing deep concern over the move، Harden told The Jerusalem Post that the US administration “demonstrates again a lack of nuance، sophistication، and appreciation for the complexity of the situation.” He added: “Who suffers when USAID leaves schools and water systems unfinished? Palestinians، of course، but also Israelis and Americans. The administration just gave Hamas more running room.”
The cut off of January 31st matches the implementation of the Anti Terrorism Clarification Act، a bill signed into law in October by the Trump Administration. This act creates liability for the PA should it accept any foreign assistance from the US Government - effectively closing down all USAID programming. It has been reported that the Administration has sent the United States Security Coordinator to Congress to advocate for a change to the law to enable security coordination to continue.
Harden later said on Twitter that halting the USAID projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip was “another example of the end of the two-state solution.”