Israel Police reports the Palestinian government’s generous subsidies that were announced last week at peak of violent clashes between Palestinians and the Israelis, are to be distributed among East Jerusalem residents to use at their discretion.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has allocated some $25 million in government subsidies to support Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem in the wake of a violent standoff with Israel over a flashpoint holy site in the city.
Israel’s Channel Two television reported Sunday that the money will be distributed as grants for Palestinian residents to be used in a variety of ways, including to fund University studies, pay off municipal debts, assist private businesses, and subsidize electricity costs for residents of the Old City. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister said at a National Security conference Tuesday that “The PA does not exist,” it is split between Fatah & Hamas, and only “a comprehensive regional settlement with the moderate Sunni world,” can make peace.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke this evening (Tuesday) at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) from Tel Aviv.
In his speech, Lieberman explained that he does not believe that it is possible to reach a settlement with the Palestinian Authority in a bilateral agreement, but that a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict can only be reached through a regional agreement. Continue Reading »
Coming to the defense of the latest expelled Palestinian Legislative Council leader, Mohammed Dahlan told the BBC on Sunday that no one has the authority to oust Fatah members from the party. “He who thinks he can expel members from Fatah should know that he does not possess such authority,” Dahlan said.
By ADAM RASGON
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ousted parliamentarian Jihad Tummaleh from his Fatah faction on Saturday.
“Jihad Tummaleh is expelled from Fatah,” read an official Fatah memo.
Tummaleh was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 to represent Ramallah and its twin city, El-Bireh. Continue Reading »
The US Agency for Int’l Development, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, will distribute the $50 million over 5 years to provide humanitarian assistance and create jobs in the Hamas controlled enclave.
By Associated Press
The United States on Monday announced a $50 million humanitarian aid program for the Gaza Strip.
Destruction in Gaza following Operation Protective Edge – Photo: AP
US officials said the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs. It will be distributed by the US Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services.
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While the media & human rights groups blame the Israeli “occupation” for poor living conditions in the Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea & Samaria, a new JCPA report shows Palestinians living in luxury, in a fast-developing society where literacy is high, infant mortality is low, & citizens are happier than most Americans.
A recent report published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) brings to light some painfully glaring contrasts developing amongst the ranks of the Palestinian Authority.
While many left-wing and human rights groups blame the Israeli “occupation” for poor living conditions in Gaza and Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, the report paints a picture of a new class of Palestinians living in comfort and even luxury in a fast-developing society where literacy is high, infant mortality is low and citizens are happier than most Americans. Continue Reading »
The Arab newspaper branded the closure as politically motivate because of embarrassing reports of PA security coordination with Israel, and alleged torture within the Palestinian jails.
The Palestinian administration in the West Bank shut down the local office of a pan-Arab newspaper this week after accusing it of “offensive” reporting on Palestinian security coordination with Israel, officials said.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attends a ceremony in Ramallah. – Photo: REUTERS
The Palestinian administration in the West Bank shut down the local office of a pan-Arab newspaper this week after accusing it of “offensive” reporting on Palestinian security coordination with Israel, officials said. Continue Reading »
In yet another episode revealing blatant corruption within the Palestine leadership, leaked documents exposed how PA officials would demand large sums of public money for their personal use.
By Matt Wanderman
Newly-leaked documents once again confirm accusations against Palestinian Authority (PA) officials of corruption and misusing public funds. A senior PA official, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed to Associated Press that the documents are authentic.
One item is a request for $4 million from Bahrain, signed by Majd al-Khaldi, PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s senior diplomatic adviser. The money was supposedly needed to build a private complex in Ramallah that would “resist the Israeli settlements.” Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority reported that Qatar had answered its plea for funding.
World Bank reports that in the 1st 6 months of 2013, the West Bank economy shrank for the 1st time in 10 years following serious decline in foreign financial assistance & restrictions imposed by Jerusalem.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
The Persian Gulf state of Qatar has granted $150 million to the Palestinian Authority to help revive its economy, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Wednesday.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – Photo: AP
The PA, which relies on foreign aid to plug a chronic budget deficit, has long struggled to pay salaries of some 170,000 civil servants and finance the costs of running main services in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »