I’m not sure that I have a violin small enough for this situation.
The Palestinian Authority’s Social and Prisoners’ Affairs Minister Shawqi al-Ayasa said Sunday that the unity pact signed in June between the PA and Hamas was working with a budget that was “below zero,” signaling deep financial difficulties to to run bureaucratic institutions.
“The US has not provided a single penny since Jan. 1, and Europe and Arab states only provided a third of what they were scheduled to give,” al-Ayasa told the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.
The Prisoners’ Affairs provides money to terrorists and the families of terrorists of both Hamas and the PLO. Specifically those terrorists locked up at some point by Israel.
Much of the Palestinian Authority’s budget goes to that.
Ayasa’s claim is also a bit suspicious since the US made it clear several times that it was not suspending aid to the PA over the unity agreement between Hamas and the PLO.
The PA was supposed to get $440 million in 2014. As recently as July, Kerry announced $47 million in aid for Gaza, much of it going through USAID. None of this counts UNRWA money either.
Supposedly the aid was linked to peace talks progress which Abbas sabotaged, but I have trouble believing that the PA didn’t get any money.
Furthermore no money at all was supposed to pass through any Prisoners’ Affairs people since that means directly funding terrorism. The PA instead moved that over into the PLO which is actually running the PA. So why is a guy whose job title isn’t supposed to exist anymore demanding US money that he isn’t supposed to be able to access?
Oh right, it’s the Palestinian Authority.