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Abbas makes Arab aid appeal

President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday appealed for Arab financial support to help the Palestinians deal with “pressures and threats” from Israel and its allies which he said were a risk to his plan to seek U.N. approval for statehood in September.
The Palestinian Authority faces a financial crisis which forced it to cut wages by half in July. Policymakers have identified a shortfall in Arab aid as the main cause. The crisis has highlighted the financial fragility of the aid-dependent Palestinian Authority as Abbas embarks on a diplomatic offensive opposed by the US, another of the Palestinians’ main donors and also Israel’s main backer.

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