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MelAnne
May 9th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Yet another situation to watch as we head toward the May 15th "Third Intifada". This could be bad. It was just a few weeks ago we thought my husband, who is active duty Navy, would not be getting paid, and I remember how upset I was with our government for not setting their political agendas aside and putting those whose livelihoods depend on their paychecks from the government ahead of politics for once. The Palestinians already hate Israel with a passion . . . this is more fuel to feed the fire.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/pa-can-t-pay-salaries-in-may-due-to-israel-halting-funds-transfer-1.360752


The Palestinian Authority said on Monday it had not been able to pay salaries for the first time since 2007 because of Israel's decision to halt the transfer of funds it collects on its behalf.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Israel's decision, a move driven by Israeli concern over a Palestinian unity deal including Hamas, had put the Ramallah-based government in a "very difficult" financial position.

Fayyad said the PA had paid salaries to its 150,000 employees promptly on the 5th day of every month since mid-2007. "We are now on the 9th and we have not been able to meet this obligation," he said.

Israel recently blocked the transfer of 105 million dollars in customs duties and other levies it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, following a deal to reunite the two rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah.

Palestinians see reconciliation between the secular Fatah and Islamist Hamas as crucial for their drive for an independent state in Gaza and the West Bank. The two groups had been at odds since a brief civil war in 2007, after which Hamas seized control in Gaza, and Fatah was left to administer the West Bank.

Israel has condemned the unity pact as a "tremendous blow to peace", with Netanyahu refusing to negotiate with Hamas, whose charter calls for Israel's destruction.

MelAnne
May 9th, 2011, 10:52 AM
I should have checked the other Israeli news sources. YNet has a much better article with more info.


The Palestinian Authority said on Monday it had not been able to pay salaries for the first time since 2007 because of Israel's decision to halt the transfer of funds it collects on its behalf.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Israel's decision, a move driven by Israeli concern over a Palestinian unity deal including Hamas, had put the Ramallah-based government in a "very difficult" financial position.

Fayyad said the PA had paid salaries to its 150,000 employees promptly on the fifth day of every month since mid-2007. "We are now on the ninth and we have not been able to meet this obligation," he said.

The Palestinian prime minister said that the salaries would be paid as soon as Israel transferred the tax funds. He added that the PA had turned to donor countries and Arab states for help.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government decided on May 1 to halt the transfers which make up 70% of PA revenues, citing fear that the money would go to Hamas, a militant group hostile to Israel.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz addressed the decision again on Sunday. "I decided, immediately after the announcement on the Hamas-PA merger, to temporary halt the transfer of funds until we receive clarifications.

"This is also a warning that if a Hamas state is established, we won't be able to fund it as a government," he added.

Following Israel's decision, France said it would transfer the Palestinian government €10 million ($14 million) in aid funds.

Steinitz cancelled the latest routine handover of some NIS 300 million (approx. $88 million) in customs funds and other levies collected on behalf of the Palestinians, as stipulated in the Oslo Accords.

Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Ereket denounced the Israeli decision last week, calling it "financial piracy."

"This reflects Israel's dangerous intentions," he said, adding that Jerusalem had no right to interfere with internal Palestinian affairs.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4066606,00.html

JCO
May 9th, 2011, 11:57 AM
Just another reason/excuse for them to bash Israel. I wonder how much money has been funneled from PA coffers to terrorist activity over the years?

Shonsu
May 9th, 2011, 12:09 PM
Hmm, I wonder if this could lead to some "coalition" wanting to come in and take what is "owed" them.

dleader
May 9th, 2011, 12:19 PM
Hmm, I wonder if this could lead to some "coalition" wanting to come in and take what is "owed" them.

That sounds like something they would do.

Rei
May 9th, 2011, 12:38 PM
UH-OH. I seem to recall a statement from the Palestinians a few days ago that if this happened, they'd push for the Palestinian State at the UN in MAY or JUNE. :twitch

MelAnne
May 9th, 2011, 02:35 PM
UH-OH. I seem to recall a statement from the Palestinians a few days ago that if this happened, they'd push for the Palestinian State at the UN in MAY or JUNE. :twitch

Yep! We discussed that here: http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?160611-quot-September-deadline!...no-we-re-impatient-how-does-MAY-sound-quot

friharbor
May 9th, 2011, 03:01 PM
UH-OH. I seem to recall a statement from the Palestinians a few days ago that if this happened, they'd push for the Palestinian State at the UN in MAY or JUNE. :twitch

Yes, I had read the same thing. May is turning out to be quite an interesting month to watch! :nod

Bygrace96
May 9th, 2011, 03:04 PM
Yes, I had read the same thing. May is turning out to be quite an interesting month to watch! :nod

Thats for sure!!!!! :panic

NeverTheLess
May 9th, 2011, 03:33 PM
Maybe the community organizing P.A. could just tap Obama's stash :hehee