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More information about the Palestinian Territories is available on the Palestinian Territories Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States is strongly committed to the development of a secure, free, democratic, and stable Palestinian society and governance.  The U.S. Government remains committed to a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and believes that Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve equal measures of freedom, security and prosperity. The United States will continue to  work with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestinian people – including civil society – to advance these objectives.  In addition, the U.S. Government aims to promote and protect human rights for the Palestinian people, and encourages the Palestinian Authority to promote and protect the rights of the Palestinians as it works to fulfill the aspirations of the Palestinian people and enjoy lasting peace with Israel.  Supporting a negotiated two-state solution will continue to be a core U.S. policy objective.

U.S. Assistance to the Palestinians

Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the United States has been the largest provider of assistance to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, providing more than $7.6 billion in economic development and security funding—in addition to humanitarian assistance.  U.S. foreign assistance for the Palestinian people serves important U.S. interests, including providing critical relief to those in great need, fostering economic development, and supporting Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation. Economic and humanitarian assistance programs improve the lives of millions of Palestinians by providing immediate relief and advancing development across sectors such as health, infrastructure, economic growth, private sector development, and civil society.  In administering assistance for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the United States complies with applicable requirements under U.S. law, including the Taylor Force Act.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States is committed to improving the lives of ordinary Palestinian people.  Through shared efforts with the Palestinian Authority and international community, we will work to reduce poverty, corruption, and unemployment and renew economic stability for the benefit of the Palestinian people.  We seek job creation including through the private sector for the next generation of Palestinians to bring economic stability and prosperity both now and in a future Palestinian state.

U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs

On May 25, 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the intention of the Administration to reopen the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. The Office of Palestinian Affairs (OPA) is focused on engagement with and outreach to the Palestinian people.

More information about the U.S. Palestinian relationship is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Palestinian Territories Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook West Bank  and Gaza Strip  Pages
Human Rights Reports 
International Religious Freedom Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page 
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics International Offices Page 

U.S. Department of State

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