Corruption in the Palestinian Authority

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Yoni Ben Menachem - This week, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas extended the tenure of his friend Rafiq al-Natsheh as head of the PA's anti-corruption department for the second time, contrary to Palestinian law. Abbas' main fear is what will happen to his sons Yasser and Tareq and their property once he is gone from office. Both of Abbas' sons have become incredibly wealthy and have developed prosperous businesses by using their father's connections. Several months ago, Abbas completed the construction of a luxurious palace for the Palestinian Authority near Surda, north of Ramallah. The palace cost $13 million to build and includes fountains and two helicopter pads. However, due to harsh criticism on the Palestinian street, Abbas recently decided to convert the luxurious building into a public library. The writer is a veteran Arab affairs commentator for Israel Radio and Television.

2018-03-09 00:00:00

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