Palestinian Authority

Ross Urges Israel To Be ‘Proactive’ With PA

Despite uncertainty, diplomat says leaders shouldn’t ‘hunker down’; says Obama would strike Iran.

08/21/2012
Editor And Publisher

Dennis Ross, the longtime U.S. diplomat and Mideast expert, says that there has never been a time in its tumultuous history that the State of Israel has faced as many threats and unknowns as today.

He should know.

Gary Rosenblatt

PA Says It’s Facing ‘Worst Financial Crisis’

07/03/2012

The Palestinian Authority is facing its “worst financial crisis” yet, according to a PA official, because of a foreign aid shortfall and the rejection of a $100 million loan by the International Monetary Fund.

Unless the PA finds a way to close its budget gap, PA Labor Minister Ahmed Majdalani said, the delay in aid from Arab donor nations will render the PA unable to pay its employees’ July salaries and its debts to private businesses, according to the French news agency AFP.

Congressmen Threaten PA Aid Over Helen Thomas Award

04/10/2012

In a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, two congressmen said a medal awarded to veteran journalist Helen Thomas could hurt U.S. assistance to the PA.

Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) in their April 6 letter noted that the Foreign Affairs Committee passed legislation last year setting conditions on U.S. assistance to the PA, and that recognition of someone like Helen Thomas goes against those conditions.

Southern Israel On Alert As Netanyahu Vows To Strike Terrorists

03/11/2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel remains on alert against an attack from Sinai despite killing the terrorist leader that was planning an attack from there -- an assassination that has led to a barrage of rockets raining down on southern Israel from Gaza by terrorist groups.

Report: Israel's Release Of Palestinian Taxes Was Condition For German Sub Sale

12/04/2011

Israel released withheld tax money to the Palestinian Authority after Germany said it was a condition for purchasing a submarine, a German newspaper is reporting.

Germany told Israel it would not complete the sale of a sixth Dolphin submarine to Israel unless it made the concession, Germany’s Welt am Sonntag reported Sunday. The sale was approved on Nov. 30, the same day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would release the $100 million in tax revenue collected by Israel for the PA.

Citing End Of Unilateral Steps, Israel Releases $100 Million To PA

11/30/2011

 

Israel released $100 million in tax funds it had withheld from the Palestinian Authority.

Will Hamas And The PA Put Aside Their Differences

Israeli pundits skeptical unity will last, especially with pressure from U.S. and Jordan.

11/22/2011
Staff Writer

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority may announce this week that they have overcome differences that delayed implementation last May of a new unity government, but Israeli analysts doubt the rapprochement will last.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets in Ramallah with Jordan’s King Abdullah.Getty Images

Jordan's King Supports Palestinian Statehood in West Bank Visit

11/22/2011

 

Jordan's King Abdullah visited the West Bank for the first time in more than a decade to demonstrate support for the Palestinians' statehood bid in the United Nations.

Liberal Jewish Group J Street Opposes Palestinian UN Move

Peace Now still undecided about fast-evolving situation as Abbas vows to seek recognition.

09/06/2011
Staff Writer

Although Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday night that he was determined to ask the United Nations to unilaterally declare an independent Palestinian state this month, J Street, a leading liberal Jewish group here, announced its opposition to the move. 

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