Palestinian PM warns PA 'on the brink'
Itamar Eichner
Published: 05.02.13, 10:26
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1. theres me thinking they stopped the money because they havnt
Stuart   (02.05.13)
paid there electric bill. I thought it was a basic requirement of the UN that before being recognized as a state you have to have a viable economy and be able to balance your own books. Bet there would be plenty of money if Abbas and his cronies didnt take there wages for a couple of months. Billions of dollars in aid money and there broke, dosnt stink much
2. Mr. Herzog and his friendly relations
tiki ,   belgium   (02.05.13)
He should use them to make clear to his 'friend that the only way to 'guarantee money coming in is to stop ranting against Israel and coming to the negotiating table without pre-conditions. If he is not doing that, there is no point of him (being without influence) being in Ramallah, because crying with the wolfs doesn't change anything.......not for the PA or his own party. The old worn out 'peace & poor Palestinian mantra doesn't work anymore. The only one that can help the PA is the PA.
3. Let them collapse
Rachel ,   US   (02.05.13)
I thought they were ready to run a state. So they said anyway.
4. Aid money
Mark ,   London, UK   (02.05.13)
For unknown reasons, aid money never seems to be calculated in terms of money received but money promised. To appear generous many governments promise money that never arrives as it turns out they don't have it to spare, or it can be more effectively spent elsewhere, usually domestically. Promised aid is a bit like the corny old refrain, "the cheque is in the post".
5. Ask those who voted for STATE OF PALESTINE for a few penny
Alan ,   SA   (02.05.13)
6. Let Herzog be in Ramallah
David ,   On this planet   (02.05.13)
government to save the PA and not in the Keneset. Now we know for sure who the labor party belongs to. Clear Treason
7. and I should worry, because of WHAT!!!????
tom ,   tel aviv   (02.05.13)
8. this Head Line say it all
sam sweiry ,   Eastbourne UK   (02.05.13)
The Palestinian State on the brink of collapse - Where is all the money pledge by the Arab Countries? - it must have find its way into a Private Swiss Bank
9. @2 Well said. Thank you
Jrebecca ,   modiin   (02.05.13)
10. Herzog is a well meaning out of touch misfit!
michael redbourn ,   Arad Israel   (02.05.13)
11. foreign aid
real vision ,   usa   (02.05.13)
It is an outrage that for 65 years the palestinian arabs have been on the dole. They have received tens of billions from foreign countries and have zero to show for it and have never changed their war mongering against the jewish people. So tell me exactly why foreign countries should continue give them millions. And if the palestinians get water and power from they should pay that bill. Ain't no free lunch nowhere. If you want an 8th century mentality then you don't need electricity
12. Labor is a dangerous foolish party.
Chaim ,   Israel   (02.05.13)
Herzog and Labor are utter destructive fools. They do nothing but empower Israel's genocidal enemies. They have no business EVER being in Israel's government again. Labor would serve Israel well by disappearing. It is a dangerous worse than worthless party.
13. Time for us to stop being enablers
Ilan ,   Israel   (02.05.13)
Let the PA pay the money it owes for electricity from their taxes and pay the consequences of violating the Oslo agreements by going to the UN. Time that we stop letting them act as only Israel is obligated by signed agreements.
14. Oh, please
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (02.05.13)
If things are so miserable in Israel, why don't they leave and hold their pity party in Jordan? I, for one, am tired of the endless hand-wringing and whining of the ersatz "Palestinians." Have ANY of them ever stood up and said "Yes, we are responsible for decades of terror and untold misery visited upon the Jewish people. We should pay for that." No, of course not. Nothing is ever THEIR fault. They are congenitally unable to take responsibility for their actions. They are equally unable to recognize that certain actions simply cannot be undone. Rejecting partition in 1947 is one such act. Rejecting a two-state solution which would have awarded the ersatz "Palestinians" 96 percent of the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a capital is another such act. It is time for the ersatz "Palestinians" to realize that they are all out of bites at the apple. It is time for them to move on. Israel is not -- and will not be held -- responsible for stupid ersatz "Palestinian" decisions. That's just how it works.
15. Let me get this straight
Linda ,   New Hamshire   (02.05.13)
This money, these funds, this is the Pals taxed income by the Israeli gov. can someone help me doen't this money belong to the Pals in the first place? Inever understood this can some one help clarify?
philimax ,   NYC   (02.05.13)
He who controls the money has the upper hand. First deduct utility services from "tax revenue" Second, deduct security costs to maintain peace. Thirdly, require change on school curriculum Fourthly, moderate the political hysteria etc. etc. each rime Israel hands over cash.
17. To: No. 15
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (02.05.13)
It's a gift tax. Collected, I might add, chiefly from Jewish Israelis. But Israel is well within its right to withhold this free gift of money, because the ersatz "Palestine" Authority has racked up quite a debt to Israel for electricity and fresh water. I pay my electrical bill (no matter how exorbitant I think it may be). I also pay for water, sewage and other civil taxes -- both in Israel and in the United States. Don't you pay yours? Shouldn't the ersatz "Palestine" Authority pay its bills? Their debt, I might add, runs into the tens of millions of dollars. I don't get electricity for free. Do you? There. Does that help?
18. To: Philimax at No. 16
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (02.05.13)
Amazing, isn't it, that despite all this massive accrued debt, Abbas and Fayyad continue to each own private Gulfstream jets. My goodness! Imagine how many ersatz "Palestinian" salaries could be paid if those jets were sold!
19. #11
Ben David Shlomo   (02.05.13)
You have described the Haredi perfectly: " If you want an 8th century mentality then you don't need electricity"
20. PA declared itself a state-collect its own taxes
Michael ,   NY   (02.05.13)
Isreal transfering money to Abbas would now be considered a form of forwign aid
21. And yet the PA has enough money to fly around the world
William ,   Israel   (02.05.13)
meeting in capitals and the UN to tell everyone how horrible Israel is, while demanding that Israel fund it all through tax transfers under an agreement made void because of the PA's own actions. It's not surprising that "Palestinians" work in settlements because of better conditions and higher pay. It's not surprising that despite having 370 well permits, the PA only drilled 165 then claims they're all thirsty. Fayyad - it's internal corruption, not Israel's tax transfers, that put the PA at risk. Nothing more.
22. #15 - the taxes collected were under Oslo Accord
William ,   Israel   (02.05.13)
There is no intl law or other agreement that forces Israel to collect taxes and hand it over to the PA. That was a deal worked out to bring some income to float the PA - as an interim recognized govt - until a State of Palestine emerged from negotiations. It was never to be a perpetual thing. Such tax transfers only exist between sovereign govts and only through tax authority agreements. It can be ended anytime by either party, and since it came through the Oslo Accords, the PA's unilateral actions did void the Oslo Accords, thereby allowing Israel to walk away from its own obligations. Case in point on tax transfers - the US collects taxes on illegal Mexican immigrants who work in the US but is under no obligation to share it with Mexico.
23. #22 Iguess not
Ralph ,   Baltimore, MD   (02.05.13)
Since it is illegal to hire undocumented workers to say the least tax them which is a crime on the employers,, so I guess not,,,, it is not shared with the Mexics.
24. #23 like the US government follows the law
Gee ,   Zikron Yaakov   (02.05.13)
The US government not only looks the other way when it comes to illegal colonists in America. Now your President thinks that to increase the number of taxpayers is to allow 11 million illegal colonists to become legal minimum wage citizens, getting welfare and other payments from the government. How this creates new jobs or improves the lot of Americans I haven't a clue - but according to your President laws do not matter to him.
25. Gee # 24
Eaglebeak ,   Left Coast, USA   (02.05.13)
What it does is collect more votes for the Liberal Democrats.
26. End obscenity of Israeli aid to the terrorist P.A.
Chaim ,   Israel   (02.05.13)
Every sane Israeli should demand an immediate, permanent end to the obscenity of Israeli aid to the terrorist P.A. Never before, in human history, has a nation voluntarily supported it's enemies. We must end this lunacy NOW! Not a gram of food. Not a drop of water. Not a watt of electricity. Not a shekel. NOTHING for the P.A.
27. Consequences
Ian ,   Newcastle upon Tyne   (02.05.13)
The PA cronies are finally discovering that their actions have consequences that might not be to their liking. It's no wonder that Abbas and his PA/Fatah cronies refuse to seek a renewal of their long-expired mandates.Their unfortunate subjects cannot be so stupid as to not know who is bring hard times on them. THREE CHEERS FOR ISRAEL!!!
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