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US gives $75 million more in aid to Palestinians

By Matthew Lee

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6 2013 6:17 a.m. MST

Palestinian supporters of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, chant slogans against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, during a protest in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Kerry waded again into the nitty-gritty of faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on Wednesday, saying he was optimistic that tensions and difficulties could be overcome, even as Israel's leader bashed the Palestinians for the poor state of negotiations.

Adel Hana, Associated Press

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United State will provide an additional $75 million in aid to create Palestinian jobs and help them improve roads, schools and other infrastructure.

U.S. officials say the aid is designed to boost Palestinian public support for faltering peace talks with Israel by showing them tangible benefits from the process.

Kerry announced the aid on Wednesday in Bethlehem, where he is meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Kerry met earlier Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

The new aid brings the U.S. contribution to a Palestinian infrastructure program to $100 million.

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