Amid funding cut fears, PA purchases $50 million private jet for Abbas — report
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Amid funding cut fears, PA purchases $50 million private jet for Abbas — report

Hadashot news reports plane will be delivered to Amman within weeks, will be stationed there for use by Palestinian leader

Illustrative: A business jet. (CC-BY-SA Wost01/ Wikimedia Commons)
Illustrative: A business jet. (CC-BY-SA Wost01/ Wikimedia Commons)

Even as the Palestinian Authority faces major funding cuts from the US, it has purchased a new luxurious $50 million private jet to be used by President Mahmoud Abbas, Hadashot news reported Wednesday.

The report, which did not provide sourcing, said the plane was set to be delivered to Amman within weeks, and will be stationed there for use by the PA chief.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on January 14, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI)

Funding for the plane was said to have been provided both from the PA budget ($20 million) and from the Palestinian National Fund ($30 million).

The report comes amid deep cuts to US aid to the Palestinians, and reports that further cuts may be coming. 

When US President Donald Trump originally threatened to cut aid earlier this month, top PLO official Saeb Erekat said it would lead to starvation among Palestinian refugee children.

“Now, he is threatening to starve Palestinian children in refugee camps and deny their natural rights to health and education, if we don’t endorse his terms and dictations,” Erekat said, referring to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Israel’s prime minister does not have and has never had a private plane.

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