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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:19 PM

Saudi Arabia to grant $100m to Palestinians

Saudi Arabia will give the Palestinian government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank $100m to help alleviate a worsening budget crisis, the Palestinian president's office has said.

"The state's budget is facing a large deficit as a result of the docking of Palestinian money by the Israeli government as a punitive step after the UN recognition of Palestine as an observer state," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement on Thursday.

Abbas has struggled to convince Arab countries to deliver a $100m monthly "safety net" they promised when he secured de facto UN recognition of a Palestinian state in November, prompting Israeli sanctions.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian government has been hard-pressed to pay more than $300m in monthly expenditures since Israel announced it would confiscate $100m it collects in customs taxes on their behalf each month.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/01/201311764936719632.html

Three cheers for the benevolent House of Saud!

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oberliner Jan 2013 OP
R. Daneel Olivaw Jan 2013 #1
oberliner Jan 2013 #2
R. Daneel Olivaw Jan 2013 #4
geek tragedy Jan 2013 #3
oberliner Jan 2013 #6
shira Jan 2013 #5

Response to oberliner (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:47 PM

1. I love the last line of the posted article.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian government has been hard-pressed to pay more than $300m in monthly expenditures since Israel announced it would confiscate $100m it collects in customs taxes on their behalf each month.

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:57 PM

2. Al-Jazeera always loves to put in spin like that

Never fails. Of course, the truth is far from what their coded languages implies, but that's sort of their claim to fame.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:38 PM

4. Are you saying that what you posted was a lie?

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Response to oberliner (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:09 PM

3. Yeah, let the Palestinians starve!

In the meantime, the $3 billion in weapons we give Israel EVERY year is the height of money well spent.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:32 PM

6. No Palestinians are starving

Weird that you would suggest otherwise.

And almost of all the money the US sends to Israel goes back into the US economy since it is spent primarily on US-made military products.

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Response to oberliner (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:08 PM

5. Abbas has to pay Hamas and other terrorists in jail. Better to use Saudi money...

...for that than American taxpayer money.

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