June 10, 2019
Jordanian officials are fuming over Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' management of the PA's financial crisis, Israel Hayom reported.
According to Israel Hayom, Jordan is concerned that a collapse of the PA will lead to violence, including towards Jordanians. Such a scenario would threaten the Hashemite kingdom's stability, the site noted.
Prior to the Six Day War in 1967, Jordan controlled all of Judea and Samaria after occupying the area in Israel's 1948 War of Independence, with only the UK, Iraq and Pakistan recognizing that annexation. After Israel took over the area in June 1967, many Arab residents living in Judea and Samaria crossed the Jordan River and moved to what was — and remains — Jordan. Today, those Jordanian "refugees" and their children make up approximately half of the country's population.
A senior Jordanian official said Abbas has rejected a proposal which would solve the PA's financial crisis. The source added that Abbas has ordered PA officials not to meet Israeli officials to attempt to solve the problem. This, he said, may lead to the PA's collapse.
Several days ago, PA leader Mohammad Shtayyeh said the PA is closer than ever to bankruptcy, due to its refusal to accept taxes transferred to it via Israel. Meanwhile, the PA's debts to Israel Electric Company and the local water company are estimated to be in the billions.
Earlier this year, outgoing Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) signed an order to deduct 42 million NIS ($11,578,350) — the amount paid to terrorists and their families — from the taxes transferred each month to the Palestinian Authority.
The deduction is in accordance with a law passed last summer, and will affect all payments made during 2019. Israel will cease deducting the payments when the PA ceases funding the murder and maiming of Israel's citizens.
Meanwhile, the PA is paying its employees just 50% of their salaries in order to continue paying the terror salaries in full.