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Arab League urges members to ease PA financial crisis
Published Sunday 13/01/2013 (updated) 11/03/2013 16:10
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Arab foreign ministers agreed Sunday to form a delegation to press member states to fulfill their financial obligations to the Palestinian Authority, a statement said.

The delegation will be comprised of PA prime minister Salam Fayyad, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, the Iraqi foreign minister, and Lebanon's foreign minister, Adnan Mansour.

The Arab League called on the international community to force Israel to release PA tax revenues, a statement from the Cairo meeting added.

In December, Arab states agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with a $100 million monthly "financial safety net" to help President Mahmoud Abbas's government cope with an economic crisis after the United Nations granted de facto statehood to Palestine.

Since early December, Israel has withheld around $100 million in monthly tax revenue it collects on behalf of the PA as punishment for the UN's acceptance of Palestine as a non-member state.
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1 ) Casablanca / friend
13/01/2013 23:59
Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

2 ) Arnold / Canada
14/01/2013 00:25
Why is it that the Arab League needs to remind their members to cough up the aid ? This is not the first time this aid package never arrived. In the meantime the EU saps are pouring the money down the drain. No wonder the Arabs are holding onto their pledges.

3 ) Colin Wright (I) / USA
14/01/2013 03:46
So demand that Israel meet her obligations as the occupying power. If she wants to stay, she has to pay (or we do, but it's much the same thing).

4 ) Robert Haymond / Israel-Gush Etzion
14/01/2013 06:34
"Israel has withheld around 100 million...as punishment..." How about, "The PA has continually refused to pay its debts for electricity to the recognized Israeli authority." No, Maan couldn't write that because the bogus "Palestinian" state thrives only on welfare (international funding) and corruption. Therefore, it is reprehensible (according to Maan and its followers) that the PA should actually have to pay its bills.

5 ) Sami, the bedouin / Palestine
14/01/2013 11:13
The Arab countries shouldnt pay money for the corruption in Ramallah... the zionist occupation is the responsible for the occupied people as it controls all the natural resources and gets hundreds of million dollars back of taxes .... any financial help from the Arab uis a help for the occupation first and help for the thieves of ramallah second ... the zionists should get out of Palestine or take their responsibility of the occupied !!

6 ) Bemused / New Zealand
14/01/2013 11:36
Robert Haymond - the bogus Israeli state thrives only on welfare (US taxpayer funding) to the tune of at least $8.5 million EVERY DAY in 2012 - while giving Palestinians $0. The US Congressional Research Service’s conservative estimate of total cumulative US aid to Israel (not adjusted for inflation) from 1949 through 2013 is $115 billion.Now THAT is reprehensible. Israelis should not be living off the backs of US tax-payers.

7 ) Peter / Canada
15/01/2013 18:09
Just another example of a rogue state failing to live up to its obligation as an occupying power.

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
17/01/2013 20:56
To ease the PA's financial crisis,
- the Arab League states want the other world states to Pay,
- the other world states want the Arab League to Pay, and
- the Palestinians want both the Arab League and the World to Pay, but
the days of free money are almost over, and
the fifth generation of children of refugees are largely no longer seen as refugees themselves, and
without peace progress, the free money for Palestinians will be gone !!!


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