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November 15, 2011

Is the PA Considering Disbanding?


The Christian Science Monitor published an article, "Israeli-Palestinian jolt: Why some want to dismantle PA," that describes a potential new direction for the Palestinian Authority [PA] now that its bid for recognition has been denied by the UN Security Council. According to the article, the PA may disband in order to compel Israel to re-assume responsibility for governing the territory.

In the discussion of the PA's dire financial situation, readers are alerted to an often overlooked fact: the PA depends on Israeli and U.S. funding to continue functioning. Despite all the lip service given to the Palestinian cause by other Arab and Muslim states and Europe, most Palestinian external commerce is conducted with Israel. The World Bank put the figure at over 90 percent of all Palestinian foreign trade. Very limited trade occurs with the rest of the Arab world and the other Arab states are notorious for not fulfilling their aid promises to the Palestinians.

Posted by SS at November 15, 2011 01:58 PM


The Palestinians are a strange people. They induce the maximum of self inflicted pain to create world sympathy. So here is a new (to the PA) idea. How about building a nation and challenging Isreal as a productive partner.

Posted by: Joseph at November 15, 2011 04:17 PM

The EU too finances the PA to the tune of about 480 million euros per year.

Posted by: Elliott A Green at November 16, 2011 05:48 PM

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