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"All of the PLO’s budget comes from the PA Ministry of Finance", admits PA prime minister

Headline: “Shtayyeh: The [PA] president is striving to create a new political path that relies on the international bodies and Arab aid”

 

 

“[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh… said regarding [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting with [Israeli Minister of Defense] Benny Gantz: ‘This is the first meeting with the Israeli side in 11 years, because of the lack of any kind of political prospects. The president emphasized that Israel needs to respect the international bodies and the UN resolutions, to stop the settlement, and to create a mechanism to end the occupation.’ He added that if meetings like these will repeat, the Israeli side must bring answers on the issues that President Mahmoud Abbas raised…

Shtayyeh declared that the financial easement will begin from now until the end of the year [2021], and we will begin to gradually get out of the bottleneck with the approaching donors’ meeting in New York this month [September 2021] and the reception of the European aid that will be given after approval of the European Union (EU) budget, and it is expected to be $140 million…

He explained that the total foreign donations that entered the [PA] state treasury this year stand at just $30 million, and they were granted by the World Bank.

Shtayyeh said: ‘We are standing by all the financial commitments that our people need wherever they are… in addition to the needs of the embassies abroad, particularly because all of the PLO's budget comes from the [PA] Ministry of Finance."... 

On everything regarding the Israeli statements that it gave a loan to the PA of approximately $150 million, Shtayyeh said: ‘The Israeli side is calling this sum a loan, but we are entitled to this money from the Israeli side that did not pay us the sums that are being cut from the travel tax of the Palestinian citizens, which are estimated at 60% of the total amount that the citizens pay, in addition to the rest of the money that we deserve’ (refers to Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct PA terror salaries; see note below -Ed.).”

 

 

Israel's Anti "Pay-for-Slay" Law - Israeli law stating that the PA payments to terrorists and the families of dead terrorists is a financial incentive to terror. The law instructs the state to deduct and freeze the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA. Should the PA stop these payments for a full year, the Israeli government would have the option of giving all or part of the frozen money to the PA. The law was enacted by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018. During the parliamentary vote, the law's sponsor Avi Dichter said: “The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee received much help in its deliberations... from Palestinian Media Watch who provided us with authentic data that enabled productive and professional deliberations, nuances that are very difficult to achieve without precise data.” [Israeli Parliament website, July 2, 2018] In accordance with the law, as of September 2021 Israel’s Security Cabinet had ordered the freeze of 1.857 billion shekels ($580.15 million) - the sum equivalent to the PA payments to terrorists in 2018, 2019, and 2020.