Monday, February 16, 2009

Gaza: Abbas robbing Peter to pay Paul

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Western-backed government said on Sunday it had begun making payments to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip who lost their homes in last month's Israeli offensive, Reuters reported.

Abbas's prime minister, Salam Fayyad, said that as a result, he did not have enough money to pay salaries to government workers in both the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Government workers have declared a strike, citing Fayyad's inability to pay wages at the beginning of the month.

The financial trade-off underscored the difficult balancing act facing Fayyad, who, in addition to running a government dependent on foreign aid, wants to take the lead in reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip to sideline Hamas.

Source: FOCUS Information Agency
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
Putting principles before profits