The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, urged Arab countries to provide financial assistance to cover a budget shortfall of USD 100 million suffered the Palestinians.
These deficits occurs the Palestinian recognition of the State of the Union status of the arena by the United Nations (UN).
The emergence of Abbas reflects a severe financial impact last month in Palestinian territory. In addition, Abbas has the purpose of rallying Arab support in peace talks and concessions that allowed by Israel.
Moreover, the Palestinian financial situation aggravated by Israel is stopping the transfer of funds tax, import duties collected on behalf of the Palestinians, after the UN vote last month to recognize a Palestinian State in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
“We are in a State of bankruptcy now. We can’t pay our salaries. So, you have to offer a safety net. Do you agree? You are committed and how many appointments” Abbas told the delegates of the Arab League meeting in Qatar’s capital, Doha, Sunday (9/12) local time.
The current movement of Hamas in Gaza has received major promise relief from the Emir of Qatar in October.
Last week Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has asked Arab countries to send rich help 240 million United States dollars (US) per month to keep the Government stand.
Since its formation in 1994, the Palestinian Authority has always had trouble paying their bills, due to restrictions Israel and their own inefficiency, and corruption.
It added that Israel’s statement said, will use USD 100 million to pay off massive debts owed the Palestinian Government entity Israel, especially the electric company.
Although there is no promise of public funds at the meeting Doha, Palestinian officials say they are encouraged by the Arab League that plans to set up a Special Committee to help guide the future negotiations with Israel.
Of course this effort is a fresh breeze. “This is a new day. This requires new Arab Plan,” said Palestinian officials Saeb Erekat.
This step appears as a lankah a replacement arena failure by the Quartet of Middle East mediators called, namely the US, UN, EU and Russia to lobby Israel-Palestinian peace talks forward.
It also discussed Israel’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.