(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister's Bureau)
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Sunday (September 23), at the United
Nations, addressed the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee of donor countries to the
Palestinian Authority. Ayalon addressed the PA's support of terror, transfering
funds donated by the international community to Gaza, which is controlled by the
Hamas terror organization. He also referred to the ongoing efforts by the PA to
achieve a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations
and the steps taken by Israel, despite this, to foster socio-economic stability
in Palestinian society.
Deputy FM Ayalon called on the international community and the leaders of the
donor states to cease the transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority, which
are used to fund terrorists and their families. He also called for a halt to the
transfer of international funds from the PA to Gaza, which threatens innocent
Israelis and their children: "About 50% of the PA budget is directed to Gaza,
which is controlled by Hamas terrorists," said Ayalon.
Ayalon called upon the international community to do all in its power to
force Hamas to accept the Quartet's three conditions: the renunciation of
terrorism, the implementation of the Roadmap obligations and recognition of
Israel's right to exist.
Not only are the international funds being used to finance terror, the PA is
taking advantage of these resources to avoid peace negotiations, adopting
belligerent positions towards Israel and the peace process on the international
arena and at the United Nations: "The Palestinian Authority, which cannot even
collect municipal taxes, wishes to pose as a state. It is clear that the PA does
not meet the minimum requirements of a state. It also fails to meet another
requirement of the UN Charter - to be a peaceloving nation."
Ayalon made is clear that if the PA persists in its antagonistic measures,
Israel will be less inclined to continue to support the Palestinian economy:
"Israel has done much this year to help the PA overcome the economic crisis, and
has taken measures to stabilize and strengthen Palestinian society, but if it
will continue to use this help to finance terror and to pursue unilateral
action, this cooperation will be in jeopardy."
Ayalon protested the Palestinian efforts to deliberately mislead the
international community into funding projects in Area C which are subject to
Israeli sovereignty, without coordination with Israel, with the clear aim of
harming relations between Israel and those states. He expressed the hope that
the Palestinian Authority will reconsider, cease financing terror and stop
avoiding negotiations. "No foreign funds will help the PA in the absence of a
viable political process," concluded Ayalon.