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The Fatah faction's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Balata.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told his British counterpart Phillip Hammond Saturday he is worried that the Palestinian Authority might go belly-up might be cause for Mahmoud Abbas to cease security coordination with Israel.

Hammon, like every other leader in the European Union,  also should be worried because a bankrupt Palestinian Authority would prove to the citizens in the European Union that their countries have thrown billions of dollars down the drain by keeping Abbas’ regime solvent.

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The State Dept. has repeatedly said that Israel should resume turning over to the Palestinian Authority more than $100 million in tax revenues it collects each month on goods that are sent into Judea and Samaria.

The PA owes the Israel Electric Corp. hundreds of millions of dollars for electricity, which is reason enough to withhold the tax revenues. Israel always has resumed the payments until Abbas’ move last year to join the International Criminal Court.

Abbas has repeatedly threatened on different occasions and for different reasons to halt security coordination with Israel, a move that only would hasten the downfall of the Palestinian Authority. Without the help of the IDF, anarchy would reign, so no matter what Abbas does, he loses.

Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters last week:

It’s true we’re very concerned about the continued viability of the Palestinian Authority if they do not receive funds soon, either in terms of the resumption of monthly Israeli transfers of Palestinian tax revenues or additional donor assistance….

If the Palestinian Authority ceases security coordination or even decides to disband, as they have said they may do as early as the first week of March if they do not receive additional revenues, we could be faced with a crisis that could gravely impact both the Palestinians and the Israelis with potentially serious ripple effects either – elsewhere in the region.

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52 COMMENTS

  1. No Lynn, it has everything to do with first Arafat and his terrorists, now followed by abbass and his terrorists, stealing donated funds from all over the world and bateau of investing in the well being of his welfare dependent “state”. It further has to do with nearly half a billion dollars owed by the “Palestinians”, for years of unpaid electric bills. Tell me Lynn, what happens if you fail to pay your utility bills?

  2. I will remind many of the readers of the book "State of Failure
    Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State" by Jonathan Schanzer that showed what exactly is happening with all the money dumped into the PA–NO ONE should be bailing them out…
    "…… "follow the money," as is true in all politics and is especially true in the small state. The author also claims that the Western world only encourages corruption and dysfunction by giving money to the Palestinian on the conditions of participating in the peace process and curbing violence while not considering conditions for a solid government and responsible economic infrastructure." http://schanzer.pundicity.com/14115/state-of-failure

  3. The PA was given billions, approximately 5, an accumulation of contributions from all over the world for the "poor palestinians" after the conflict with Israel and Gaza – so what did they do with the money to rebuild? used it for concrete to make tunnels, that money would have been better used for homes, farms, schools and hospitals, the self-same structures that were left in Gaza when the aea was handed over to the palestinians in the first place but they chose to destroy those and now they are left with rubble. Still they and the likes of Kerry blame Israel even though the palestinians owe Israel millions of dollars for electricity and water maintenance.

  4. Someone please read this to Kerry. He seems to be deaf, DUMB and blind. When they declare Israel has a right to exist. When they pay Israel the electric bill. When they stop supporting the Terrorists. Hey Mr. Ketchup King you give them the money to pay their bills. The only reason you are Secretary of State is you are dumber than Barack Hussein.

  5. The PA WILL go bankrupt in any event and require major infusions of money (again) from the nations. It will go bankrupt because it IS a cleptocracy and always has been. Kerry (and Obama, et al are trying very hard to set up Israel as the bad guy; the truth of recent history is simply unpalatable for them. But facts are facts (terrible, terrible things, facts).

  6. Who care? We would have been blamed anyway, so what he says is insignificant. Don’t you know that in Kerry’s mind (as well as BHO), Israel is to blame for everything including the sun shining and the rain falling? Those who believe him are the problem, but I’m guessing they lost the will to use their brains long ago…

  7. Who care? We would have been blamed anyway, so what he says is insignificant. Don’t you know that in Kerry’s mind (as well as BHO), Israel is to blame for everything including the sun shining and the rain falling? Those who believe him are the problem, but I’m guessing they lost the will to use their brains long ago…

  8. All you dummies that have purred millions to the PA and not once have questioned what constructive are they doing with all the $$$ to make themselves selves sufficient? You should have thought them to fish every day rather than feeding them a fish each day. Kerry your above statements just demonstrate once more the true moran you are.

  9. Is the State Dept worried that Abbas is not paying The Israel Electric Corporation their energy bills ? Does Abbas want everything FREE ? Has Psaki called Abbas to ask him to pay his bills with all the millions we have given him ? No, of course not.

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