Germany should urgently review the money it spends on humanitarian aid for Palestinians, given the ongoing large-scale attacks by Hamas militants on Israeli civilians, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Saturday.
“The terrorism [committed against Israelis] is shocking. We should react to it not only with words,” Lindner, the leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), told the newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
“I therefore hope to receive a recommendation from the foreign minister on how the German state should proceed with the financial support for the Palestinians in light of this violence.” The minister added that the decision on the aid should be “implemented immediately.”
According to Lindner, Berlin transferred €340 million ($360 million) in humanitarian and development aid for Palestinians in 2021 and 2022 alone.