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PLO official: US pressuring Arab countries to withold PA aid
Published Friday 21/12/2012 (updated) 22/12/2012 14:22
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Washington may be pressuring Arab countries not to send financial aid to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, a PLO official said Friday.

Wasil Abu Yousef told Ma'an that US pressure was the only explanation for the slow response of Arab countries to the PA's financial crisis.The PA has yet to pay November salaries to public sector workers due to a cash crisis.

In March, the Arab League passed a resolution to provide a $100 million monthly safety net to the PA in the event of Israeli sanctions.

Israel is withholding $100 million in PA revenue as punishment for the UN's acceptance of Palestine as a non-member state, but Arab countries have not delivered the pledged money.

After a meeting in Doha, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi said a mechanism had been agreed to pay the money.

"The mechanism is that the chair of the committee (Qatar) and the secretary-general will contact each country with the exact amount they have to pay," al-Arabi told Reuters on Dec. 9. "I said I want an answer in 15 days," he added.

Abu Yousef, a member of the PLO's executive committee, said the situation in the West Bank could explode at any moment from the crisis, which he blamed on Israeli "piracy."

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund said in September that a gathering crisis in the Palestinian economy would worsen unless foreign funding increased and Israel eased long-standing curbs on development.

In a separate report, the World Bank also forecast a $1.5 billion Palestinian budget deficit for 2012, with donor funds expected to cover only $1.14 billion of this shortfall.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
21/12/2012 18:05
"May be?" "Only explanation?" This story is so thin as to be non-existent.

2 ) some one / some where
21/12/2012 20:56
i respect your paper but do not force eople to junk it it is withho;d because you have a debit of millions for electricity you use so do not lie

3 ) shirleyS / Australia
22/12/2012 01:22
this is viable explanationbut it is no excuse for arbs especially gulf states who can affoed this money but i also believe pa need to reach out to more supportive cuntries than US EU likje Russia China south America for finacial support and investment PLUS ALl DIASPORa must start to invest

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/12/2012 09:07
Don't blame us. It is the will of master...

5 ) AKeenReader / UK
22/12/2012 12:47
It's not Israeli govt's remit to withhold any which Palestinains may owe to Israeli electricity supplier. If Israel & its suppliers follow proper democratic procedures then they should approach the courts and ask for a judgement against PA or ask the Israeli govt to pay back the money it owes not by unilaterally giving the money to electricity supplier. But we all know that Israel is an aparthied state and isolated by the world community except for a hand full of cronies!! lol

6 ) south africa / sa
25/12/2012 03:19
Israel someday will have its day and so will U.S!! Go to hell.
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