Israel Lobbying on Behalf of Palestinians at Brussels Donors Conference

YERUSHALAYIM -

As concern over the acute economic situation in the Palestinian Authority rises, Israel has decided to help with fundraising for the beleaguered entity.

At the donors’ conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Israel will seek to promote a series of civilian projects in Yehudah and Shomron and will ask the international community to donate the hundreds of millions of dollars for them, according to the Kan public broadcaster.

The projects, already approved by the relevant authorities in Israel, are chiefly related to water supply and the environment.

Israeli officials also will ask European countries to put pressure on PA President Mahmoud Abbas to accept the tax revenues that Israel collects for his people, in spite of Israel reducing these funds in the same amount as stipends transferred to terrorists and their families by the PA.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon reportedly interrupted coalition talks and other business on Sunday to hold an emergency meeting on the Palestinian economy. Details on that meeting were not immediately available.