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article imagePalestinian Authority calls for fiscal aid

By Paul Iddon     Mar 18, 2013 in Politics
The Palestinian Authority has called on the world to increase the financial aid it is giving them and pressure Israel to allow them to further their economic development.
"We call on the international community to . . . pressure the government of Israel to release our revenues and to provide the financial support required to maintain basic functions and services," a report issued by the Palestinian Authority stated. It went on to claim that, "The recent confiscation of Palestinian owned revenues by Israel comes on top of an already severe fiscal crisis that was caused by a large shortfall of external support."
The report comes four months after the Palestinians achieved non-member observer status as a state at the United Nations. Now the Palestinian Authority is in its own words urging "international partners, particularly those within the Arab region, to consider the implications of the current fiscal crisis and a possible slide into institutional and political collapse."
The PA also stresses that for, "A prosperous, sovereign and independent Palestine" there needs to be international "support to allow . . . development in Area C" -- a reference to the West Bank territory that is presently controlled by Israel which includes East Jerusalem. The PA contend that this area is "the backbone of the Palestinian economy." (Middle East Online, March 18 2013)
The PA accordingly demand that Palestinians have access to this territory which they claim as part of their state and the withdrawal of Israeli Army checkpoints which hampers their freedom of movement -- Israel in turn insists these checkpoints are necessary to prevent terrorist attacks against its forces and civilians. (The Jewish Daily Forward, March 5 2013)
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