Israel called on the international community to continue supporting the Palestinian Authority’s budget and development projects. The appeal comes just as U.S. lawmakers are considering cutting aid should Palestinian leaders continue their quest for statehood at the United Nations.
According to a report on an Israeli government website, the Palestinian Authority is already facing economic and fiscal woes, due in part to a decline in donor aid and its inability to obtain loans to finance the shortfall.
Israel says international support for the Palestinian Authority will contribute to the growth of the private sector. This, Israel says, will enable it to generate internal revenue.
Israel will submit the report, titled “Measures Taken by Israel in Support of Developing the Palestinian Economy and Socio-Economic Structure,” to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on Sept. 18 in New York. The 12-member committee of the European Union and U.S. serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for assistance to the Palestinians.
Israel’s timing in putting the report forth is considered crucial, as it comes right before Palestinians are expected to make their case before the U.N. It is also a compelling case for continued international support for the Palestinian Authority, says American Jewish lobbying group J Street.
U.S. lawmakers have threatened to cut some $500 million in annual economic and security aid for Palestinians if they will continue to press their statehood claim at the United Nations, a step that is being opposed by Israel and the U.S. But some U.S. lawmakers found it prudent to hear out Israel’s thoughts on the matter of aid to the Palestinians before making any decisions.
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