Palestinians to keep paying prisoner stipend despite Israeli penalty

Palestinians to keep paying prisoner stipend despite Israeli penalty

Qatari envoy says letting Gazans work in Israel would calm border

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said in a meeting of his Fatah Party's Central committee that US President Donald Trump's Mideast peace deal, also known as the deal of the century, "will not pass".

"The money we pay to families of prisoners and martyrs, which Israel opposes, we will not allow anyone to intervene with it", said Abbas last week. "We will continue to pay for them".

He added that "countries in the world, in Europe, Asia and Africa started to realise that the deal of the century will not pass", in reference to the peace plan Trump administration is intending to declare soon.

According to a report in Haaretz, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian Authority have all urged Israel to rein in Erdoğan's encroachment in Jerusalem. Ties worsened after the U.S. embassy to Israel was moved from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

"Direct and indirect USA aid to the PA stopped at the beginning of July", said local sources.

Trump announced past year that he will stop America's contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the PA to put pressure on the authority to stop paying salaries to Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails and prisoners released by Israel, as well as to the families of Palestinians killed by Israel. "We are watching and are waiting and we will take the appropriate measures that suit our interest". "Those are our prisoners and martyrs, and we have been paying them their allowances since 1965". The forces, part of a Hamas unit tasked with maintaining calm on the border and preventing rocket attacks by "rebellious" terror groups, were deployed on Sunday to at least two different points along the border, Hadashot TV news reported.The report said the move was likely due to tensions between Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and was meant to restore Hamas's control of the border. The Israeli government now has control over the Palestinian stipend allocation as part of an existing peace agreement between the two nations.

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