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Palestinian Authority’s 2013 Budget Passed Despite Political Rift

As political rifts persist among the leaders of the Palestinian Authority, the 2013 budget has been passed with promises of donations from the EU, the US and Arab donors, writes Omar Shaban.
Palestinian Finance Minister Nabil Kassis reads a local newspaper as he waits for the start of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting, the donor support group for the Palestine, at the United Nations in New York, September 23, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR38BWP

Usually, the preparation and ratification of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) budget is accompanied by a great deal of domestic and international anticipation due to the ongoing financial crisis plaguing the authority. This crisis has negatively affected the PA's popularity within Palestinian society, just as it reflects the balance of power within the Palestinian community between large companies, unions and civil society organizations. It acts as a litmus test for the PA's relationship with Israel. This time, however, the ratification came under different circumstances.

Old and new conditions

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