A senior Palestinian official told The Jerusalem POST on Wednesday that the country’s Palestinian Authority leadership had no faith in Israel’s ability to manage its own affairs, particularly after the deadly attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem last week, as well as the ongoing siege of Gaza.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Palestinians were now deeply worried about the state of the economy, the economy’s capacity to absorb refugees, and how the PA will handle the Palestinian Authority’s impending budget shortfall.
“The Palestinian leadership has not trusted Israel in the past.
In fact, they are afraid of being attacked, and they don’t trust the PA,” the official said.”
Now they are worried that the PA’s budget shortfall will result in its being cut and they will have to raise taxes or take on debt.
That’s why they are not trusting Israel.”
The official said that while Palestinian Authority leaders have said that the security situation in the West Bank is dire, that Israel must be careful not to interfere in the internal affairs of the Palestinians.
“It’s very sad to see the Israeli government giving so much legitimacy to terrorism and aggression against the Palestinian people,” he said.
“And to see them putting Palestinian Authority officials in jail, even the PA security chief, to secure the borders.
We must understand that this is an attempt to make it look like the PA is not functioning.”
According to the official, the Palestinian leadership is also worried about their future prospects.
“There is a sense that if things continue like this, the PA leadership will not have any security and the Palestinian public will be afraid of returning to the situation that they left.
They will not feel safe,” he explained.
The PA is also concerned that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will continue to escalate, the official continued.
“That’s why we are now deeply concerned that if the PA does not manage its budget, there will be a collapse of the PA and a continuation of this cycle of violence and terror.”
While the official insisted that the Palestinian government had no plans to cut aid to Israel, he added that the current budget shortfall was “very serious.”
“The PA has a lot of funds, and we are planning to pay them back,” he noted.
“We have not made any cuts to the budget, but we are thinking of cutting some services and services for Palestinians.”
The Palestinian official also said that in order to reduce the PA budget shortfall, the leadership would have to make changes to the PA constitution and the legislation it passes.
“They will not be able to continue operating with the same system that they have for the past 50 years.
We are afraid that this will lead to an increase in terrorism and violence,” he concluded.