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Israeli report calls for continued aid to PA
Published Friday 16/09/2011 (updated) 17/09/2011 21:35
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Ramallah-based Prime Minister Salam Fayyad heads a weekly meeting of
cabinet ministers. The Palestinian Authority's financial woes led Fayyad to
vow an end to dependence on foreign donors. [MaanImages/File]

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Israel is urging the international community to continue aid to the Palestinians just as US lawmakers are contemplating an aid cutoff if the Palestinians press for statehood at the United Nations.

An Israeli government website on Thursday carried a report saying the Palestinian Authority already faced economic and fiscal woes, in part due to a decline in donor aid.

"Israel calls for ongoing international support for the PA budget and development projects that will contribute to the growth of a vibrant private sector, which will provide the PA an expanded base for generating internal revenue," said the Israeli report.

"The economic slowdown can be attributed largely to the fiscal crisis currently plaguing the PA, which is due primarily to a decline in donor aid, and the inability to obtain loans from the banking system to finance the shortfall," it said.

The document, titled "Measures Taken by Israel in Support of Developing the Palestinian Economy and Socio-Economic Structure," is to be submitted Sept. 18 in New York to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee.

The 12-member committee of the European Union and United States serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for assistance to the Palestinians.

US lawmakers have threatened to review the roughly $500 million in annual economic and security aid the United States gives to the Palestinians if they stick to plans to press their statehood claim at the United Nations this month, a step opposed by Israel and the United States.

But some US lawmakers have said they want to know more about what Israel thinks about aid to the Palestinians, before they make any decisions about whether to continue it.

The new report could help answer such questions, said Dylan Williams, director of government affairs at J Street, an American Jewish lobbying group in Washington that has been defending US aid to the Palestinians.

"The significance of this report is that whatever does or does not happen at the UN, the Israeli government is putting forth just two days before the Palestinians are expected to approach the United Nations, a very compelling and clear case that continued international assistance is not only in the interest of the Palestinian Authority, but in the interests of the Israelis and their security," Williams said.

No spokesman for the Israeli Embassy was available in Washington on Thursday evening for comment. But Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned the Palestinians of "grave consequences" if they pressed plans to upgrade their UN status.

Other Israeli ministers have suggested withholding funds from the Palestinians or annexing settlements.

US and EU officials as well as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair have been trying to get the Palestinians and Israelis into talks so as to avert a UN showdown.
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1 ) AKeen reader / UK
16/09/2011 11:39
Am I dreaming or is it really true about Israel asking donors to continue Palestinian aid? As usual they are using tactics to show the world how understanding they are or unless they are frightened that Palestinians will start a riot. IT IS ISRAELI POLICIES WHICH ARE STOPPING PALESTINAINS TO IMPORT AND EXPORT GOODS. IF THEY ALLOW GOODS TO COME AND GO THEN PALESTINIANS WILL NOT NEED TO DEPEND ON AID TO SUCH A DEGREE.

2 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
16/09/2011 12:09
I told my Congressman to cut it off. US should not be paying for another occupation government.

3 ) southparkbear / usa
16/09/2011 19:11
hum, too late we have asked our congressmen to cut the aid to unwra and the PA all together. no need to support enemies of the United States

4 ) Malone / Hfx
16/09/2011 21:44
#2...M of L...I'm sure your congressman will heed your advice,lol..
You're obviously a dem tard,and your request will no doubt be passed on to the chief demtard,who will do nothing as usual,so why bother?

5 ) Mariam / France
17/09/2011 01:42
They are scared that Palestinians might decide to dissolve the PA and they will have to pay for all expenses as International law says that the Occupation power has to provide services, etc. to the occupied population and pay the bills!!!!!!! So, if we don't get a state lets dissolve the PA and let them deal with it! The costs will be so high that they will be in their knees in two days!

6 ) Julie / USA
17/09/2011 02:28
ANY threat to cut aid to Pals is pure evil, especially when 80% of Gazans remain food insecure. plus, ALL Pal territory is suffering from not enough medicine/drugs, NO shelters to protect them from israeli terrorists, severe lack of clean water supply & proper sewage, restricted movement everywhere, inadequate medical help when needed...the list goes on and on and on...ALL of which breaks International Laws. read reports of WFP, UNRWA, OCHA, UNHCR, OHCHR. it's sickening how criminal israel is!!!

7 ) hiba / palestine
17/09/2011 18:39
كشفت صحيفة هآرتس صباح اليوم أن الاحتلال الصهيوني سمح في الآونة الأخيرة للسلطة الفلسطينية بتزويد أجهزتها الأمنية في الضفة الغربية بوسائل تفريق المظاهرات, حيث توجهت السلطة مؤخرا لعدة مصانع صهيونية بهدف شراء وسائل لتفريق المظاهرات المتوقعة في الضفة في أعقاب الإعلان عن دولة فلسطينية في الأمم المتحدة. وأوضحت الصحيفة أن مسئولين في الأجهزة الأمنية الفلسطينية أبلغوا نظرائهم الصهاينة خلال مباحثات متواصلة أنهم سيفعلون ما بوسعهم من اجل احتواء المظاهرات ومنع الاحتكاك العنيف مع الاحتلال, ومع ذلك يستعد

8 ) Impidel / Israel
17/09/2011 19:07
Why do people on this board keep referring to International Law? The Muslims prefer Islamic Law and say so. As applied by Israel that means once a land passes into the Dar Al Yahud, it cannot pass out of it. It all in trust to the Jews forever. The Palestinians must pay Israel the special tax and be submissive. No new mosques can be built and no loud prayer calls. You can convert to Judaism but if you leave, you die. If this is not a proper way to proceed, please explain why not?

9 ) southparkbear / usa
17/09/2011 20:42
since many settlers have dula nationality (US) a shift of fund to support them seems a good way to use my tax money

10 ) Philip / Ireland
19/09/2011 23:25
Under standard international conventions, including the Geneva Convention, Israel as an occupying power should be responsible for the general welfare of citizens within the occupied territories and the associated costs. Israel has however blatantly refused to accept this responsibility incontravention of international law and standards-hence the international community has had to support/feed/educate/house the citizens of Palestine. The pure hypocricy of Israel is quite unsurprising !!!

11 ) Hilde / Palestine
20/09/2011 09:40
Of course the occupation govt fear cutting of support to PA. As almost one third of PA budget goes to security Israel never had fewer soldiers in the occupied territories. Aiding the PA means Israel saves dough. The West is supporting occupation. Of course the occupation govt fear cutting of support to PA. As almost one third of PA budget goes to security Israel never had fewer soldiers in the occupied territories. Aiding the PA means Israel saves dough. The West is supporting occupation.

12 ) Hilde / Palestine
20/09/2011 09:45
#9 I can see the point in spending your meagre American tax on keeping such scum out of your own country, paying them to steal, destroy, murder, and throw their faeces on other peoples' children. I wouldn't want the illegal squatters in my own backyard either. My sympathies.
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