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U.S. Congress freezes $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Key US lawmakers are blocking about $200 million in Palestinian aid in response to the territories’ UN statehood bid, congressional aides said Saturday. Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have frozen the funding “until the Palestinian statehood issue is sorted out,” one of…

Palestinians to West: We’re ready for statehood

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestinians are ready for statehood, according to a report to be presented to major aid donor countries in Brussels this week by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He will present facts and figures to show how hisPalestinian Authority has used hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign assistance over the past…

Palestinians seek more than a ‘Facebook state’: PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinians expect wider recognition of their statehood in the coming year and it will mean more than the mere “Facebook state” predicted by an Israeli minister, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Wednesday. Fayyad said recognition by many countries would “enshrine” the Palestinians’ right to…

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