As nations and organizations began lining up to help rebuild the war-ravaged Gaza Strip, representatives of several major donors said Sunday that this is the last time they will pay and urged Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a final settlement leading to two separate states.
Appearing in Cairo at a conference of more than 50 donor nations, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced that the United States would contribute an additional $212 million to Gaza reconstruction. The Americans have already sent $118 million. Coupled with $84 million given to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which cares for Palestinian refugees, the total U.S. commitment to rebuilding Gaza now stands at more than $400 million.