EU biggest donor to the PA, but stopped payments to Gaza civil servants who are not working
"At its weekly meeting that was held yesterday [Feb. 7, 2017] in Ramallah, led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah… the [PA] government expressed its thanks and appreciation for the regular aid of the European [Union] as the largest donor to the PA since its establishment. The prime minister emphasized that he has made great efforts for more than a year to get the EU to change its decision to adopt a new policy on everything regarding the financial aid to the Gaza Strip in 2017, manifested by stopping the allocation of the European aid money for the payment of salaries of PA employees in the Gaza Strip. He emphasized that he opposes the allocation of the aid money to the private sector, as the EU proposed.
He noted that according to the president's instructions… it has been agreed to allocate the amount to the health sector, to the education sector, and to social aid for the Gaza Strip.
The prime minister elaborated that at the moment the EU is paying the salaries of 17,000 civilian [PA] employees in the Gaza Strip, at an average of 1,000 [Israeli] shekels a month, while the government is responsible for paying the salaries of the rest of the civilian employees, who number 11,000, in addition to the difference in the salaries due to all of the civilian employees, and in addition to all of the salaries of the 35,000 military PA employees (i.e., PA police, Presidential Guard, National Security Forces) in the Gaza Strip. He emphasized that the government is committed to continuing to pay the salaries of the PA employees in Gaza, and noted that the European decision will increase the financial burden and cause an additional deficit to the general [PA] budget, which as it is suffers from a deficit of $39 million a month in 2017…"
Regularization Law - intended to validate and finalize registration of land in Judea and Samaria with the Civil Administration Authority for Government and Abandoned Property in cases where any private claimant makes claims to lands that were thought to be government land after communities have already been built on the land in good faith - i.e., without the knowledge that the land was privately-owned - or with government support. The law will do so by transferring use of the land to the community in question providing a mechanism to compensate claimants to ownership of the land if their claims are validated. The law is intended to provide protection for Israeli towns in the West Bank established and built with Israeli government support from later claims of ownership by private individuals, similarly to existing laws in Israel in regard to property claims made for land on which government sanctioned communities have already been built. Currently, Israeli homes in a number of towns in the West Bank are vulnerable to claimants demanding their demolition, even if claims are only made long after families built their homes and are residing there.
Compensation: In cases of validated claims the Regularization Law expropriates the use of the land for the community's use until such a time as the final status of the area is determined, and states that the owner will be entitled to damages of 125% of the value of the land before the community was built, or alternative plots of land, according to his choice.
The law would not apply retroactively to cases already heard by the Israeli Supreme Court.
The law was ratified on Feb. 6, 2017: https://www.knesset.gov.il/privatelaw/data/20/3433.rtf