[revealing] Israel to pay $800m loan to PA

Jenin refugee camp (Jaafar Ashtiyeh - AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  August 28, 2021

Israel is set to grant a loan worth $800 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to help cope with its financial crisisGulf News reported Israeli Channel 12 revealing on Friday.

The PA will receive the loan in instalments until the end of the year, the Israeli TV channel disclosed.

The PA has been suffering a serious financial crisis due to the Israeli government deciding on 11 May to deduct 597 million shekels from the tax revenues collected by Israel on behalf of the PA.

Two weeks ago, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that the total amount deducted by Israel since 2019 is 851 million shekels, in addition to 51 million shekels deducted monthly.

According to Shtayyeh, this poses many challenges for the PA because the donors have not paid their dues since the start of this year.

He noted that his government is obliged to borrow money from Palestinian banks to meet the demands of the Palestinian people and the pledges of his government.