Monday, January 14, 2013

Arab League forms a "delegation" to remind Arab League to pay pledges to PA

Too funny.
Arab foreign ministers agreed Sunday to form a delegation to press member states to fulfill their financial obligations to the Palestinian Authority, a statement said.

The delegation will be comprised of PA prime minister Salam Fayyad, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, the Iraqi foreign minister, and Lebanon's foreign minister, Adnan Mansour.

In December, Arab states agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with a $100 million monthly "financial safety net" to help President Mahmoud Abbas's government cope with an economic crisis after the United Nations granted de facto statehood to Palestine.

Since early December, Israel has withheld around $100 million in monthly tax revenue it collects on behalf of the PA as punishment for the UN's acceptance of Palestine as a non-member state.
Yes, the Arab League is creating a committee to remind the Arab League to pay its own pledges that have been historically widely ignored.

Once again, one needs to ask: why are the PA's allies so reticent to throwing money at their holy cause? Why is their support so often limited to fiery words with no backup?

Could it be that the Arabs know a bad investment when they see one?