1253 GMT October 15, 2019
The Arab League’s move came as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a much-touted “Deal of the Century” for peace between Palestine and Israel in the coming months, AFP reported.
The peace plan is being developed by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose close ties to right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have heightened Palestinian suspicions.
The Palestinian leadership, which has boycotted Washington over a series of moves including recognizing the bitterly disputed city of Al-Quds as capital of Israel, says it can no longer trust the United States as a broker.
Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Al-Quds in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The Arab League also pledged to pay $100 million a month to the Palestinian Authority to plug the gap left when Israel blocked tax transfers earlier in the year.
“We confirm that Arab countries will support the Palestinian state’s budget... (to) resist the political and financial pressure it faces,” the league said on Sunday following a meeting in Cairo.
Israel collects taxes on behalf of the PA, but withheld $138 million in transfers in February over Palestinian payments to political prisoners jailed for alleged attacks against Israelis.