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Israeli media: PA officials spend more time abroad than in Palestine

June 28, 2015 1:54 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2015 3:09 P.M.)
The Reshet Bet report included this table listing the number of days 10 senior Palestinian officials spent abroad over the last three years. (Reshet Bet)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli state media reported on Sunday that a number of senior Palestinian Authority officials spend more time abroad than in Palestine.

The report, published on the Israeli Broadcasting Authority's website Reshet Bet, alleged that some Palestinian officials spend 150 to 170 days in "fancy hotels" abroad every year.

The report gave details for 10 senior PA officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas, Jibril Rajoub and Saeb Erekat.

It said that Abbas spent 166 days abroad in 2013 and 188 days in 2012.

Erekat and Rajoub, meanwhile, reportedly spent 150 to 170 days abroad in each of those years.

The report said that out of 2015's 180 days so far, Abbas has spent 81 days abroad, Raboub 76 days and Erekat 57 days.

Among the other senior officials, Yasser Abed Rabbo has spent 48 days abroad, Nabil Shaath 40, Salam Fayyad 53, Mahmoud al-Habbash 51, Majid Faraj 52, Muhammad Shtayya 35, and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah 16 days.

Although the report did not cite its sources, it may have been based on dates the officials traveled through the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank.

The report was apparently designed to smear the politicians, and comes following a wave of high-profile diplomatic efforts aimed against Israel.

It referred to the PA's presidential headquarters in Ramallah as "the flying compound," and questioned how there could be so much travel despite "financial hardships we have been hearing about for some time."

In the decades preceding the 1993 Oslo Accords, the exiled Palestine Liberation Organization brought international attention to the Palestinian cause through wide-ranging diplomatic efforts.

Former President Yasser Arafat traveled extensively in his efforts to build international support, at times coming into criticism from other Palestinian officials for focusing too greatly on diplomacy.
Legal Eagle / Australia
The truth is the truth, regardless of who tells it. Perhaps this is why the PA refuses to hold elections - they know not only Israelis but also Palestinians are onto them.
28/06/2015 14:03
spb / usa
i can't blame them at all. With all the money squandered each has to look after his portfolio's performance. They are actually a part time quants
28/06/2015 14:21
Jon / USA
Is there nothing so low that the Israelis will not stoop to it. Is it their business what travel schedules the PA keeps? Why don't they publish a list of the names of all the children that Israel has killed in the past year.
28/06/2015 16:35
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