Eighty percent of Gaza's population is dependent on international assistance. The United States has traditionally been the largest source of funding for food, shelter, medicine and education for the 1.3 million Palestinian refugees who live in Gaza. The abrupt cutoff of that funding by the Trump administration has worsened an already severe humanitarian crisis.
The Israeli security establishment has been very clear that the socioeconomic situation in Gaza fuels radicalization and plays into the hands of extremist groups like Hamas. That's why security and intel leaders strongly opposed Trump's cuts.
Over the past week, another devastating war between Israel and Gaza was just narrowly avoided. But the calm will be temporary unless the humanitarian crisis is addressed.
The new Congress must take action to restore US aid.