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RE: Israel halts "tax payments" to Palestinians
It looks like KSA actually will help, at least in the short term (this is a couple of weeks old):
Arab states expected to aid Palestinians
February 02 2006 at 11:14AM
By Mohammed Assadi
Ramallah, West Bank - Saudi Arabia and other Arab states are expected to speed money to the Palestinian Authority as early as Thursday to help it pay its employees after Israel halted tax payments, Palestinian officials said.
Ahmed Qurie, prime minister until the formation of a new government, said the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority turned to its "Arab brothers" to cushion the economic blow of Israel's decision. But he still held out hope that the Jewish state, under US pressure, will agree to transfer the money.
Customs revenue collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinians is the main source of funding for the authority's budget, and is used to pay 140 000 government workers.
Palestinian officials said they expected Saudi Arabia and Qatar to provide at least $33-million (about R201-million)in emergency funding on Thursday. The Saudi contribution was expected to top $20-million. Qatar was expected to provide more than $13-million.