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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Abbas fires all his advisers amid PA cash crunch
2019-08-20
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
...aka Abu Mazen, a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial. While no Yasser Arafat, he has his own brand of evil, just a little more lowercase....
has fired all of his advisers, his office says today, amid a financial crisis in the West Bank that has prompted deep salary cuts.

Abbas’s office doesn’t provide further details on the number of advisers or the costs involved, pointing only to a brief statement issued through official Paleostinian news agency WAFA.

The move comes amid a spending crunch following Israel’s decision in February to withhold around $10 million a month in tax transfers.

Israel collects some $190 million a month in customs duties levied on goods destined for Paleostinian markets that transit through its ports. It then transfers the money to the Paleostinian government.

The amount it deducted ‐ $138 million for the year ‐ corresponds to what Israel says the Paleostinian Authority paid Death Eaters in Israeli prisons, or their families, in 2018.

Abbas has accused Israel of blackmail and refused to take any of the tax transfers, which account for some 65 percent of PA revenues.

The PA has cut salaries for most its tens of thousands of employees by half to keep the government afloat.
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