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Israeli transfers avert Palestinian crisis
RAMALLAH — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas‘ government narrowly dodged a full-blown cash crisis after Israel agreed Wednesday — under intense international pressure — to resume the transfer of $100 million a month in frozen tax funds.
The episode illustrated the fragile financial foundations of Mr. Abbas‘ West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and the broad international consensus that it needs to keep functioning to ensure some stability, especially at a time of diplomatic deadlock.
Israeli-Palestinian talks on the terms of a Palestinian state seem unlikely to resume before next year’s U.S. presidential election and an Israeli vote, possibly in 2013.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested Wednesday that he might stop the monthly transfers again if the Palestinians take more steps to bypass negotiations and seek U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state. That could embroil Mr. Netanyahu in another embarrassing political zigzag.
Mr. Netanyahu reversed himself and agreed to the cash transfers after coming under what a Western diplomat said was “massive” pressure.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Wednesday that the Palestinians are determined to keep pushing for full U.N. membership for a Palestinian state, but suggested a decision on the next stage — how to get around a deadlocked Security Council — might take time.
There are also indications that Mr. Abbas may put the U.N. bid on hold at least until the end of January, to allow another mediation effort by the “Quartet,” the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia, to play itself out.
NATO: Pakistan resumes some cooperation
KABUL — Pakistan resumed some cooperation with U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan after NATO strikes that killed 25 Pakistani soldiers by working with the coalition to prevent another cross-border incident from escalating, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Pakistan is still outraged by the soldiers’ deaths and has retaliated by closing its Afghan border crossings to NATO supplies, demanding the U.S. vacate an air base used by American drones and boycotting an international conference aimed at stabilizing Afghanistan.
But NATO said Islamabad communicated with the alliance to prevent an exchange of artillery fire late Tuesday from turning into another international incident.
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