Middle East Mirage: Decision to suspend UNRWA funding welcome — but doesn’t go far enough, critics say

The Biden administration’s foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, needs a strategic rethink, as well as an injection of new ideas. This Washington Examiner series, Middle East Mirage, will investigate how the administration has fallen short on Iran engagement, the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the push for a two-state solution, and sorely needed reform in the United Nations, particularly UNRWA. Part Two will look at the administration’s relationship with UNRWA and the U.N.

In the aftermath of Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre of Israelis, the United Nations agency in the Palestinian territories received renewed scrutiny for its alleged ties to the U.S.-designated terrorist group that carried out the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history.

The Biden administration has publicly backed UNRWA’s long-term mission because it plays a crucial role in delivering aid to Palestinian citizens, even as it, and roughly half of the
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