PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is threatening to take his case to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, insisting Israel’s decision to withhold 450 million NIS in tax revenue funds is a violation of international law. The Israeli decision was in response to the unilateral PA move, taking its request for non-member observer nation status to the United Nations.
While Abu Mazen wants his money, and is pained over the embarrassing situation Israel has placed him in, the reality is that donor nations over the years have poured countless sums of monies into the PA, rarely if ever seeking transparency or accountability. As a result, the leaders of the PA since the signing of the Oslo Agreement in 1993 have significantly increased their personal wealth, but this does not seem to deter donors.
Arab League member nations are committed to giving the PA $100 million monthly as a “fiscal safety net”, aware of the economic difficulties in the PA. The monthly funding decision was made at the Qatar Arab League summit earlier this week.
PA officials in Ramallah report they require a minimum of $240 million monthly to cover the 153,000 civil service salaries.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)