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Report: Arab countries withheld donor money because of PA refusal to negotiate with Israel

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PA president Mahmoud Abbas at the UNPA president Mahmoud Abbas at the UN

According to Palestinian media, several ‘heavyweight’ Arab countries have been pressuring PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas to step down because of his firm stances towards negotiations with Israel.

Abbas and other PA officials have criticized Arab countries who pledged to donate $ 100.000.000 a month to alleviate the severe financial crisis in the Palestinian Authority. Until now that money has not arrived.

Palestinian sources now reveal that the refusal to transfer these funds to the PA is connected to Abbas’ refusal to enter negotiations with Israel.

The report below is a translation of an article that appeared on the Al Quds website on February 9th

ARAB COUNTRIES TELL PRESIDENT ABBAS: WE WILL NOT TRANSFER SUPPORT TO THE PA AS LONG AS YOU MAINTAIN YOUR POSITIONS

Informed Palestinian sources said yesterday that several Arab countries offered ‘advice’ to President Mahmoud Abbas on a number of occasions and meetings to step down from his post and set a date soon for presidential and legislative elections.

The sources told Quds Net that Abu Mazen was facing pressures from Arab countries to step down, attributing this pressure on him to Abu Mazen’s ‘firm stances towards negotiations with Israel and his adherence to his basic conditions for resuming the negotiations process.”

The sources revealed that Abbas has turned down several Arab offers, saying that the financial siege from which the PA is suffering is unfortunately from a number of ‘heavyweight’ Arab countries.

These countries have refused to transfer funds to the PA and are towing the US and Israeli line in trying to undermine Abu Mazen’s authorities and embarrass him in front of his people, all so that he would back down from his conditions and accept solutions being put on the table.

According to these sources, “Arab and Gulf states” informed Abbas literally that they would not support the PA as long as his positions did not change.

(http://qudsnet.com/arabic/news.php?maa=View&id=237715)