Could Mahmoud Abbas divert from the US financial and political support? 2
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Juli Choquet
Wednesday 24 January 2018 Last update on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 At 10:55 AM

The president of the Palestinian Authorities (PA) Mahmoud Abbas went to Bruxel to meet up with Federica Mogherini , the executive chief of the European Union diplomacy in order to get support. On his side, the European Union announced a €11.28 million contribution to the Palestinian Authority.

Since the Trump administration wants to recognize Jerusalem as a capital of Israel, the Palestinian Authority is turning his diplomatic effort to Europe. The United State has indeed sent his Vice-President Mike Pence to Israel at the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) to promote the idea.

On top of that, the US has frozen 60 million dollars to the UNRWA which had terrible consequences in Lebanon where 174 000 Palestinians refugees are living there.

Oon the other side, Europe is taking advantage of the diplomatic isolation of the US. The European Union announced that as the first funding body of the Palestinian territories will continue in the future to support them.

The institution made a €11.28 million contribution to the Palestinian Authority after an official statement. The amount is divided between the European Union (€10 million), Spain (€1 million) and Ireland (€0.28). The payment is to help around 67 500 families living for 80% of them in the Gaza strip.

Mahmoud Abbas is in an uncomfortable position toward the US. Without the astronomic amount that the country used to give to them, the PA will no longer have the necessary resources to survive. Without a political backup from both the US and the EU, the PA doesn’t have any tribune to express itself.

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