The Palestinian Authority has purchased a $50 million private jet for leader Mahmoud Abbas, Israel News Company revealed yesterday. The report comes amid the growing tensions between Washington and Ramallah in the aftermath of US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem recognition.
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Amid possible funding cuts from Washington, the Palestinian Authority purchased a $50 million private jet for its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, Israel News Company reported Wednesday.
The jet will arrive in Amman, Jordan, in a few weeks and remain there for Abbas’ use. The report added that Israeli officials said that most of the funding for the plane ($30 million) came from the Palestinian National Fund. The remainder came from the PA budget.
Meanwhile, Israel News Company also reported that US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is pushing for Washington to directly cut funding for the PA. Haley was the driving force behind the Trump administration’s recent decision to cut its funding to UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
Some US and Israeli officials, though, are opposed to making further cuts, the report claims, as such a move might “suffocate” the Palestinians financially and cause the situation in the region to deteriorate.
The White House has reportedly said it is not placing sanctions on the Palestinians but merely reexamining its policies in response to the Palestinian leadership’s refusal to negotiate peace under American mediation.