December 19, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian public employees virtually shut down all Palestinian Authority offices and schools in the West Bank on Wednesday, the first day of a two-day general strike to protest the government's failure to pay their November salaries. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said his government does not have the money to pay salaries after Israel froze the transfer of more than $100 million in tax funds to the Palestinian Authority. He called the Israeli measure “an act of piracy” and urged Palestinians to boycott Israeli products if Israel persists in withholding payment of the tax revenue, which it collects from West Bank importers using Israeli ports.
December 2, 2012 |
JERUSALEM -- Israel said Sunday it would withhold more than $100 million in tax revenue this month from the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, the latest reaction to last week's U.N. vote recognizing the Palestinian territories as a "nonmember observer state. " Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said he would use the money to repay part of an outstanding Palestinian debt -- estimated to be about $180 million -- to Israel's electricity company for power supplied to parts of the West Bank.
November 20, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The hostilities in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas have raised sympathy among many Palestinians for the Islamist militant group and elevated its status at the expense of the rival Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, observers say. Abbas, who views himself as the leader of all Palestinians, has been sidelined as Hamas has taken center stage in the struggle against Israel and received a string of...
January 16, 2014 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- A senior Palestinian Authority official said Thursday that U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry has slowed peace talks by emphasizing Israeli concerns and security issues in the Jordan Valley of the West Bank. The United States and Israel seem determined to discuss Israel as a Jewish state and security arrangements before anything else, Nabil Shaath, a senior member of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, told journalists at his Ramallah office.
January 20, 2009 |
With Israel and Hamas both claiming victory in the Gaza Strip, there is one clear loser: the U.S.-backed Palestinian Authority, which desperately wants a peace accord with Israel and a unified Palestine in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel's 22-day assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza made the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority look ineffective and marginalized, unable to stop the carnage. Popular support for its peace talks with Israel, already declining, now seems weaker than ever.
October 3, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority has launched a security crackdown after a wave of lawlessness in West Bank cities. Hundreds of masked special forces, dressed in black and armed with machine guns, were dispatched Wednesday to the northern city of Jenin in a show of force, according to its governor, Talal Dweikat. He said the troops were there "to reinforce the work of the local security forces and to help them restore law and order to the city. " Jenin has been plagued by shootings, property destruction and other attacks since Israeli troops last month killed a man during a raid at a refugee camp there.