Israel gave Palestinian Authority additional 500 million shekel


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Israel gave Palestinian Authority additional 500 million shekel
Despite previous promise, Defense Min. Gantz transfers half a billion shekel to Palestinian Authority - in addition to the usual funds.
Arutz Sheva Staff , Nov 12 , 2021

Israel has unfrozen hundreds of millions of shekels for the Palestinian Authority (PA), to be used to pay terrorists' salaries - in violation of the law and despite promises by Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White) that he would not do such a thing, Israel Hayom reported. Analysis of an official PA report sent to Western countries and analyzed by the Palestinian Media Watch showed that in September, Israel gave the PA 500 million shekel ($160,579,650) beyond the tax monies which it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. The transfer follows an August meeting in Ramallah between Gantz and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Shortly after the Gantz-Abbas meeting, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) clarified that the 500 million shekel is a "loan" and that the source of the loan is entirely from an advance on taxes which Israel will collect in the future on behalf of the PA. "It is not from the public purse, of the Israeli taxpayer," COGAT said in a statement.