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US aid goes to humanitarian aid or Israeli creditors, not directly to the PA  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: “Did Obama’s money reach the Palestinians?”
     “New American President [Donald Trump] - upon his entry to the White House and almost as part of the first decision he made - froze an amount of $220 million that was allocated for aid to the Palestinians, and which his predecessor former [US] President Barack Obama had released a short time before leaving the White House [on Jan. 20, 2017].
According to what was reported on the Hebrew [news] website Arutz Sheva on Thursday [March 9, 2017], American State Department Spokesman Mark Toner spoke during a press briefing about how most of this money was instead transferred for humanitarian purposes in the PA and in the Gaza Strip, while part of it was transferred to Israeli bodies to which the PA owes money. ‘The money was not transferred directly to the PA, but rather to bodies that provide services,’ emphasized Mark Toner in his response to one journalist's question.”

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PA transfers $1.3 billion to Gaza per year, of which $82 million to families of Martyrs, prisoners and wounded 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2017
     “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Strategic Affairs Dr. Husam Zomlot… emphasized that the PA is transferring approximately $1.3 billion a year to the Gaza Strip, most of which goes to covering the salaries that stand at approximately $840 million a year. This is in addition to $100 million for aid to socially poor families, and $82 million for the allowances (mukhassasat) of [the families of] the Martyrs (Shahids), of the prisoners, and of the wounded [in Gaza].”
PA Prime Minister: Foreign aid has decreased at a rate of 70%, but "we will not exchange our basic policies for any money" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 23, 2017
Headline: "Hamdallah: We will not exchange our national enterprise for any money"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: 'The conditions under which we are working are unusual and difficult: The foreign aid has decreased by a rate of 70%, and despite this we have overcome these conditions and international reports praise the functioning of the [PA] government.'
Hamdallah added: 'We demand that the [international] community press Israel to allow investments in the territories called [Area] C (i.e., areas of the West Bank under full Israeli administration according to the Oslo Accords), which constitute a financial source worth $3.5 billion a year if we invest in it, according to the World Bank. We will not exchange our basic policies for any money, as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said. We demand that the occupation on our land be ended, and there is no retreat from the two-state solution in order to achieve our independence and our state.’"
Japan announces $46.7 million in aid to PA general budget and UNRWA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2017
Headline: “The government of Japan declares new aid for the Palestinian people”
     “The government of Japan yesterday [Feb. 12, 2017] in a press statement declared additional financial aid to the Palestinian people in the amount of $46,688,925, [which will be transferred] through international organizations and Japanese non-governmental organizations.
The new package includes humanitarian aid through UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), aid for the [PA] general budget through the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program Trust Fund (PRDP) that belongs to the World Bank, and also support for infrastructure initiatives, particularly in the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park, through the UNDP (UN Development Programme)…
According to the statement, the total Japanese aid stands at $1.8 billion since 1993.”
Official PA TV: Foreign aid to the PA decreased by 6% in 2016 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2017
Official PA TV program The Economic Magazine, economic news briefs
Official PA TV reporter: “The total amount of external aid to the general budget and the development budget in 2016 was approximately 2.9 billion shekels, as compared to approximately 3.1 billion shekels in the same period of 2015. In other words, a decrease of 6%. Arab states gave 814 million shekels, while the foreign donor states gave 1.5 billion shekels, and the donor states also gave 588 million shekels to the development budget.”
Reports: Obama administration transferred $221 million to the PA in its final hours  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Jan. 24, 2017
Headline: “In his final decisions, Obama gave the PA $221 million””

“Senior American officials revealed that the administration of previous [US] President Barack Obama secretly transferred to the PA a sum totaling $221 million in its final hours.
The AP [news] agency quoted sources in the American administration as saying that this was aid whose transfer to the Palestinians was prevented by the Republican party (i.e., by Republican members of Congress due to the PA’s unilateral moves to join international organizations, in violation of the 1993 Oslo Accords).
However, the Obama administration transferred the monies while bypassing the opposition of the Republicans, and informed Congress of the plans to transfer the sum last Friday morning [Jan. 20, 2017], a few hours before the beginning of [US President] Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony. One of the senior officials said that previous American Secretary of State John Kerry informed several members of Congress about this step immediately after he left the American State Department on Thursday evening, but the written announcement on this matter only reached Congress on Friday morning…
The Congress originally agreed to send the aid to the Palestinians as part of the American State Department budget for the fiscal year of 2015/2016, but a number of the Republican members of Congress, including Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee [Ed Royce] and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (sic., House Appropriations Committee member Kay Granger ), succeeded in delaying the process of transferring the money, after the PA tried to obtain membership in a number of international organizations.”

PMW note: According to media reports, the transfer of the $221 million has been frozen and is under review by the Trump administration.
Despite austerity measures due to decreased foreign aid, PA payments in salaries projected to increase by 3.1% 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 4, 2017
     “The [PA] government continued to discuss the general budget proposal of the State of Palestine for the 2017 financial year. According to the forecasts, the gross income will stand at 13.72 billion [Israeli] shekels (25.6% of the GDP) [parentheses in source], that is to say an increase of 6% compared to 2016…
The net total of expenses and loans is expected to reach 16.1 billion shekels in 2017, an increase of just 1% compared to 2016. The cost of salaries and wages is expected to reach 8.1 billion shekels (15.1% of the GDP) [parentheses in source], an increase of 3.1% compared to 2015 (sic., should be 2016)…
According to these figures, the joint deficit is expected to reach 2.76 billion shekels, a decrease of 18% compared to 2016. Together with the expected development projects, whose cost is 1.36 billion shekels, the total deficit is expected to reach 4.12 billion shekels, a decrease of 9% compared to 2016.
Regarding the foreign funding supporting the budget, it is not expected to exceed $500 million, and $92 million for funding development projects through the treasury’s coffers.
Regarding paying the debt balances, $300 million will be allocated for payment of the debt balances to the private sector. Therefore, as a result of the great decrease in the foreign funding for the budget, the funding gap will stand at $765 million, which will obligate the government to take austerity measures in all fields.”

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PA PM Hamdallah: The US has not paid one dollar in aid to the PA in 2016  
Source: Official Facebook page of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, Dec. 8, 2016

Interview with Voice of Palestine Radio, posted on Facebook page of Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah, on Dec. 8, 2016.
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah: "Since last year, there is a financial siege on the Palestinian government. The aid has decreased greatly, reaching a drop of 62% compared to 2011. For example, let's speak frankly, the US approved $263 million in 2016 as aid to the government. Look, 2016 is about to end, no shekel or agora, or dinar or dollar has been paid, if we speak frankly. We hope that this aid money will be paid. There are also many [other] countries that have not supplied their aid. The countries that have given their aid, and we always thank them, are the European Union, which always [gives] consistently and according to what is expected. When we plan the budget we know that the EU will pay. We thank Saudi Arabia, as President [Abbas] said at the Seventh Fatah Conference, and we thank Algeria. These are the countries that actually support our budget.”
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PA Minister of Finance: "Foreign aid [to the PA] has decreased by 70% in five years" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2016
Headline: "Growth of 60% in income and drop of over 40% in the deficit - Bashara: The foreign aid has decreased by 70% in five years"
     "[PA] Minister of Finance [and Planning] Shukri Bishara announced that the foreign aid to the PA coffers has decreased by about 70% in the last five years. Bishara said yesterday during his meeting with representatives of the donor states that in this period a rise of more than 60% in all income and a drop of more than 40% in the deficit has taken place, despite the drop in aid."
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France signs agreement to donate 8 million euro to PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Minister of Finance signed an agreement for 8 million euro in aid to the budget with the French consul”
     “Yesterday [Nov. 16, 2016], [PA] Minister of Finance and Planning Shukri Bishara signed an agreement for 8 million euro in aid to the budget with French Consul-General in Jerusalem Pierre Cochard. This was done during the annual talks between the sides that were held at the headquarters of the Palestinian Institute for Public Finance and Taxes in Ramallah."
PA Minister: the PA is under "heavy economic pressure," "international aid is shrinking" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2016
Headline: "Abu Shahla: The [PA] government is under heavy economic pressure, and the international aid is shrinking"
     "[PA] Minister of Labor Ma'moun Abu Shahla discussed yesterday [Nov. 1, 2016] with Chinese Ambassador to the State of Palestine Chen Xingzhong methods of cooperation between the two sides…
Abu Shahla noted that there are 400,000 unemployed, most of them young and university graduates - in other words approximately 32% are unemployed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank - whom the Palestinian [PA] government cannot employ at a time when the private sector is weak and fragile…
Abu Shahla said: 'The Palestinian government is under heavy economic pressure and the international aid is shrinking; in 2015 we expected to receive $1.3 billion, but we received $700 million. In 2016 we have received until now $300 million.' He noted that at the moment, the government is relying on taxes, levies, and the tax monies [that Israel collects for it], and it is barely paying the employees' salaries."
PA Ministry of Finance: State treasury has so far received only 53% of expected foreign aid for 2016 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 3, 2016
Headline: “The PA has collected 76% of the expected revenue during the current year”
     “Figures that were published by the [PA] Ministry of Finance showed that the state treasury has collected 8.5 billion [Israeli] shekels in revenue from the beginning of the current year until the end of the month of August [2016], which constitutes 76% of all the expected revenue in the 2016 budget…
The overall amount of foreign aid that the PA aspires to in the 2016 budget is 3.8 billion shekels, but the figures of the Ministry of Finance showed that the state treasury has only received 53% of the expected aid during the current year, and this was after eight months of the year had already passed.
From the Ministry of Finance’s figures it becomes clear that the state treasury, by the end of this August, reached 2.05 billion shekels, while the forecast for the 2016 budget stands at approximately 3.88 billion shekels.
The figures show that by the end of August 1.8 billion shekels had reached the PA coffers from the Arab grants, in other words 61.6% of the overall forecast for the current year, while the other contributing countries had given only 1.22 billion shekels by the end of August.”
30% reduction in foreign aid to the PA in 2016 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2016
Headline: “Al-Malki: There is a large decline in aid to the PA, which is estimated to be 70% compared to last year”
      “In everything connected to support of the State of Palestine’s budget, [PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad] Al-Malki replied that there are headings connected to support of the budget, and there are detailed clauses that have been formulated that are connected to the mechanisms of the aid. He praised the decision that emphasizes the need to provide an Arab security net of an estimated $100,000,000 a month to the State of Palestine so that it will be able to deal with the pressures and the financial hardships, and to support the Al-Aqsa and Intifada Fund (established by the Arab league after the outbreak of the second Intifada - the PA terror campaign 2000-2005 –Ed.).  He said: ‘The decisions that were ratified are important, but at the moment a mechanism is required for the implementation of the financial decisions, because the current Palestinian financial situation is difficult, and there is a large reduction in foreign aid to the PA, which is estimated at 70% compared to last year [2015] or the year before it. Therefore we must seek new solutions, for some of which we return to the Arab home that adopts the Palestinian cause, in order to request aid in these difficult conditions.”
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PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki made these statements after participating in a meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Arab League.
PA Prime Minister: US does not give money directly to the PA 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 27, 2016
Official PA TV, Ma’an news agency Director Nasser Al-Lahham interviews PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah: “America paid this year [2015] – once it would pay a billion [dollars], or 1.2 billion [dollars]. This year, in 2015, they decided on 250 million dollars to fund projects, part of it to fund the oil field. They do not give anything directly to the [PA Ministry of] Finance. They do not give to the [Ministry of] Finance, even the oil money they pay directly to the Israeli companies. They assist the hospitals in Jerusalem, and they pay directly to the hospitals. They do not pay the [Ministry of] Finance. They transferred 250 million [dollars] last year [2015]. As for 2016, they have not approved a single cent or dollar.”

The interview was broadcast on Aug. 27, 2016, on official PA TV as well as Ma'an TV, an independent Palestinian channel.

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PA PM thanks US for financial aid, which since 1994 amounts to “nearly 4.5 billion dollars” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 30, 2016
Headline: “[PA Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah discussed the recent diplomatic developments with the Egyptian Foreign Minister”

“[PA] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah] yesterday [June 29, 2016] received USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission Director David Harden in his office in Ramallah to mark the ending of his [Harden’s] official duties.

Hamdallah expressed his appreciation for the aid that the US gives to Palestine in a variety of fields, particularly in the fields of health, education, infrastructure, and water, and which since the establishment of the PA [in 1994] until now has reached nearly 4.5 billion dollars.”
Palestinian study critiques USAID; PLO official complains that the funds hinge on “renouncing terror, which is a hint [that USAID] condemn[s] the Palestinian people's struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 8, 2016
Headline: “Salaries of foreign and local workers drain up two thirds of the international aid funds”
     “The donor countries have given more than 21 billion dollars over the last 20 years, whether [directly] to the PA or to organizations of the international community [who support the PA], in addition to 10 billion dollars for rehabilitation, the results of which the [Palestinian] citizens have yet to see in the areas of development and employment of the unemployed….
Director of the civil organizations in the Gaza Strip, Amjad Al-Shawa… called not to exchange the rights of our people for USAID funds by signing documents that condemn our people’s struggle… A member of the Political Bureau of the People's Party (a PLO member –Ed.) Nafedh Ghneim emphasized that the financial aid given by the foreign institutions to civilian organizations in Palestine is political monies of the first level, and its purpose is to strengthen the consumer and dependent character of the [Palestinian] society, with all its negative values, and this is in relation to the conditions set by the USAID institution, which makes its aid for every project related to Palestinian institutions dependent on signing a document renouncing terror, which is a hint [that they] condemn the Palestinian people's struggle."

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Dutch government gives 4 million euro in aid to the PA legal sector 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2016
Headline: “Hamdallah signs an agreement for aid in the amount of 4 million euros from the Netherlands’ government”
      “Yesterday [May 25, 2016] [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah signed a memorandum of understanding with the representative of the Netherlands in Palestine Peter Mollema in his office for aid in the amount of 4 million euros to the [PA] government, for the legal sector, through the PEGASE organization.”
Germany gives 10 million euros to the PA Ministry of Education 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education signs a cooperation agreement in the amount of 10 million euros between Palestine and Germany in order to improve the chances of the young to find work”
     “Yesterday [May 25, 2016] in the [PA] Ministry of Education in Ramallah a signing ceremony was held for a cooperation agreements in the amount of 10 million euros between Palestine and Germany. The goal is to improve the chances of the young Palestinians to find work, by focusing on professional and technological training.”
PA Minister of Finance: “American aid to Palestine since the establishment of the PA is more than 5 billion dollars” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2016
Headline: “During the Palestinian-American economic dialogue meeting the [PA] Minister of Finance demanded of the American side that it put pressure on Israel to fulfill its obligations”
     "Regarding American aid, Bishara noted that the American administrations throughout the generations have been among the large donors. He added that the American aid to Palestine since the establishment of the PA is more than 5 billion dollars, and that the American side has assisted in several important areas such as health, tourism, infrastructures, the rule of law, and security. Bishara thanked the American side for this support, but asked the American side to reconsider its current policy regarding the reduction in aid to the Palestinian side, and called to continue to support the Palestinian economy.”

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PA Minister of Finance: “American aid to Palestine since the establishment of the PA is more than 5 billion dollars”; Foreign aid to the PA has decreased over the past three years 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2016
“[PA] Minister of Finance and Planning Shukri Bishara... noted that the American administrations throughout the generations have been among the large donors. He added that the American aid to Palestine since the establishment of the PA is more than 5 billion dollars, and that the American side has assisted in several important areas such as health, tourism, infrastructures, the rule of law, and security. 
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