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Saudi Arabia bails out the Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Saudi King Abdullah in Jeddah on July 13.  /EPA

Special to RAMALLAH — Saudi Arabia has intervened to rescue the Palestinian Authority from its worst financial crisis. Officials said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom has agreed to relay $100 million to the regime of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The officials said the money was expected to be transferred from Riyad to the West [...]

July 17th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Saudi Arabia,Top Stories | Read More »

Israel green lights completion of West Bank wall

Palestinians in Ar Ram, near Jerusalem, walk near part of the West Bank barrier built by Israel.  /Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has decided to resume construction of its wall along the West Bank. After a cessation of five years, the Defense Ministry has approved contracts for construction of the concrete barrier along the old 1967 border between Israel and the West Bank. Officials said the work would separate Jewish [...]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Israel,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Top Stories | Read More »

Congress told Abbas and sons, like Arafat, using U.S. funds to ‘line his own pockets’

Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the the World Economic Forum in Istanbul on June 5. /Norbert Schiller, Flickr

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has been investigating corruption within the Palestinian Authority, a leading beneficiary of U.S. aid. The House has heard testimony of PA corruption in 2012 under the regime of chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Witnesses told the House Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia that Abbas’ two sons were acquiring millions [...]

July 13th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Cash crunch leads to feuding among Palestinian leaders

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (left) with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas. The PA is facing the worst financial crisis since its founding in 1994.  /Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Special to RAMALLAH — The ruling Fatah movement has been divided amid a financial crisis in the West Bank. Palestinian sources said Fatah has been wracked by increasing unrest as members complain of lack of jobs and financial incentives. Members have called for investigations into alleged corruption in the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority as well [...]

July 10th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Report: Arafat died after massive blood transfusion

Ailing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat says goodbye to well-wishers as he leaves Ramallah on October 29, 2004. He was flown to Paris to seek medical treatment, but died less than two weeks later.  /Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has determined that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat died from poor treatment received in France for leukemia in 2004. An Israeli intelligence report determined that Arafat was dying of leukemia when he was taken to a Paris hospital in October 2004. The report, details of which were released [...]

July 8th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,France,Israel,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Report: Palestinian militias sponsored all attacks from Sinai on Israel

Israeli security forces survey the scene of an attack by militants near the southern Israeli village of Kadesh Barnea, along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai desert on June 18.  /Reuters/Amir Cohen

Special to WASHINGTON — Israel’s intelligence community has concluded that Palestinian militias were behind all of the attacks from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. A report by Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that Hamas and Palestinian militias from the Gaza Strip were sponsoring the campaign against Israel from Sinai. The report said the Palestinians [...]

July 5th, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Hamas,Israel,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Palestinian Authority can’t pay salaries pending overdue donations from Iraq, other Arab states

Some 40,000 Palestinian Authority security forces will not get their salaries for June.

Special to RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority, in what was termed its worst crisis, has failed to pay its security forces. Finance Minister Nabil Qassis said PA security forces would not be given their salaries for June on schedule. Qassis said the security forces would join other civil servants as well as suppliers in [...]

July 5th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Top Stories | Read More »

Palestinian Authority tries gun control in West Bank

Uzi rifle confiscated by security forces near Nablus.

Special to RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority has reported a crackdown on illegal weapons in the West Bank. Officials said PA security forces have been ordered to search for unlicensed weapons. The officials said Palestinians were warned to license their firearms or face prison or fines. “The firearms must be registered again for a [...]

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Top Stories | Read More »

Jihad day care: Gaza kindergartners learn how to be terrorists

Children attending an Islamic Jihad-run kindergarten in Gaza celebrate their graduation by wearing army uniforms and carrying toy guns.

Special to GAZA CITY — The Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad has moved into education and social welfare in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said Jihad has been opening kindergartens, day care centers and charities as part of an effort to expand its base in the Gaza Strip. The sources said the campaign has been funded [...]

June 26th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Hamas,Iran,Israel,Life,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Jewish fertility rate on rise; modernization takes toll on Arab families

Special to TEL AVIV — The fertility rate of Palestinians and Jews in the West Bank has converged, a report said. A report by a former Israeli diplomat who organized a major demographic study said the Arab birthrate in the West Bank has fallen to three per woman. In contrast, the Jewish birthrate was rising [...]

June 17th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Israel,Palestinian Authority,Top Stories | Read More »

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