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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations General Assembly in 2017

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has purchased a new high-end private plane at a cost of $50 million, according to a report Wednesday by Hadashot 2 News.

The new aircraft is reportedly being paid for out of Palestinian Authority government funds: $30 million is being allocated from the Palestinian National Fund, and the other $20 million is coming from the Palestinian Authority government budget.

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According to the report, the plane is to be delivered to Amman, Jordan in the coming weeks.

For the record, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu –and for that matter, in the history of the State of Israel, no prime minister – has ever purchased a private plane with government funds.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.