Palestinian Authority

Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.

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PA officials pocket fifth of West Bank GDP

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

While the Palestinian economy is in a state of "severe fiscal crisis", wages for Palestinian Authority staff eat up a staggering 20 per cent of GDP, according to a World Bank report released on Wednesday.

The report also points out that international aid has kept the Palestinian welfare state running but has not succeeded in kick-starting the private sector.

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Fayad: Stop using Palestinians as excuse for killing innocent people

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

The Palestinian Prime Minister has called for an end to the use of the plight of Palestinian children as justification for acts of extremist violence against innocent people.

Speaking as police in Toulouse continued their stand-off with the gunman wanted in connection with the murders of four Jewish children and three paratroopers, Salam Fayaad said this was not an excuse.

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President Fayyad could change the PA landscape

By Stephen Pollard, February 20, 2012

Ever since he became Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority in 2007, Salam Fayyad's popularity - both among Palestinians and with Western governments - has been built on one crucial factor. In an area where corruption had been endemic, and trustworthiness a seemingly mythical concept, Fayyad is incorruptible. He makes no empty promises. And he delivers concrete changes.

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PA shares Israel's nuclear Iran fears

By Stephen Pollard, January 12, 2012

The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad, has attacked the behaviour of Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said that he shares Western - and Israeli - concerns with the Iranians' nuclear project.

Speaking in his Ramallah headquarters, Prime Minister Fayyad said that the Palestinians were "greatly harmed" by the Iranian leader's conduct.

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Israel releases cash to Palestinian Authority

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 1, 2011

Three weeks after deciding to block the transfer of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli cabinet decided on Wednesday to "unfreeze" the funds.

Israel halted the transfer some $100 million in customs duties it charges on behalf of the PA following the decision of Unesco to recognise the Palestinians as a member-state.

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Abbas: Hamas-Fatah talks opened 'new page'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

The Palestinian president has said that a "new page" has been opened in communication between Fatah and its rival Hamas, following a meeting in Cairo earlier today.

President Mahmoud Abbas said that the two hour talk was positive and that agreements had been reached over their differences. He said that both Hamas and Fatah had agreed to hold presidential parliamentary elections in May

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Abbas meeting Hamas chief in Cairo

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

The Palestinian president is to meet the Hamas leader today in Cairo to discuss the future of co-operation between the two rival groups.

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Israel withholds £63m in Palestinian Authority tax

By Jessica Elgot, November 21, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to withhold more than £63 million in Palestinian Authority tax money because of the latest attempts to establish a unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

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Palestinians poised to seal the Fatah-Hamas unity deal

November 17, 2011

The Palestinian unity deal may finally be signed next Wednesday when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashal are expected to meet in Cairo.

Hamas and Fatah officials confirmed this week that an agreement had been reached on holding elections for the Palestinian National Council in both the West Bank and Gaza next May.

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