[THE SO-CALLED "WEST BANK"], is mired in a severe economic crisis, leading many here to a sense of foreboding and despair.WITHOUT THEIR EXTORTION MONEY THESE ARABS HAVE AND PRODUCE NOTHING.
More than 150,000 state employees, whose salaries support a million people, had their wages cut in half this month. Palestinian banks have lent the government more than $1 billion and do not want to lend more. Some ministries have temporarily lost electricity because they have not paid their bills. Last week, the government ordered a reduction in the price of bread, leading to bakery strikes. Garbage is piling up.
... “This is, without doubt, the worst financial crisis the Palestinian Authority has ever faced,” said Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, generally known for a can-do, upbeat attitude. “This could not have come at a worse time. I don’t know how this ends. I don’t have an answer.”
The immediate cause of the crisis is the failure of foreign — especially Arab — donors to fulfill promises of aid.
BUT THEY HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HARASS THEIR POLITICAL OPPONENTS:
police raided the West Bank home of a rival of President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, deepening a feud that has shaken the upper ranks of the ruling Fatah Party.
The raid targeted Mohammed Dahlan, a former security chief in the Gaza Strip who was expelled from Fatah in June because of his repeated criticism of the president.
A Dahlan aide said police arrested 23 guards and assistants, and confiscated 16 guns, a computer and two vehicles. The troops then circled Dahlan's home but didn't detain him. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to the media.
Adnan Dameri, spokesman of the Palestinian Interior Ministry, said the guns and security guards were illegal. "No one can hire guards with guns without having the approval" of the government, he said.
(DAHLAN IS AN ABBAS OPPONENT AND AN ENEMY OF HAMAS.)