Arab League pledges $100 million to Palestinian Authority

Arab League pledges $100 million to Palestinian Authority, rejects Trump's 'Deal of the Century'
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22 April, 2019
The Arab League's move comes as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a much-touted 'Deal of the Century' for peace between the Palestinians and Israel in the coming months.
The Arab League has pledged to pay $100 million a month to the PA. [Getty]

The Arab League pledged this weekend to pay $100 million a month to the Palestinian Authority to plug the gap left when Israel blocked tax transfers earlier in the year.

"We confirm that Arab countries will support the Palestinian state's budget... (to) resist the political and financial pressure it faces," the League said Sunday following a meeting in Cairo.

Israel collects taxes on behalf of the PA, but withheld $138 million in transfers in February over Palestinian payments to political prisoners jailed for attacks against Israelis.

The Arab League's move comes as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a much-touted "Deal of the Century" for peace between the Palestinians and Israel in the coming months.

The Palestinian leadership, which has boycotted Washington over a series of moves including recognising the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, says it can no longer trust the US as a broker.

The Arab League said the deal "will not succeed in achieving long-lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East".

The peace plan is being developed by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose close ties to right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have heightened Palestinian suspicions.

Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and has occupied the Palestinian territories in violation of international law ever since.

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