Arab League, Abbas to hold urgent meeting Jan 15
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas - REUTERS

CAIRO: The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting at the ministerial level with the presence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Jan. 15, the league’s Secretary General deputy Ahmed Bin Helli stated Wednesday.

The meeting will discuss the latest Palestinian situations following the consultations conducted between Abbas, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby and Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister Sabah al-Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabah, the statement added.

The Israeli government froze $128 million of Palestinian tax revenue Friday after Abbas signed a document under which Palestine would join 20 international organizations, including the International Criminal Court (ICC.)

Abbas’ move came after the United Nations General Assembly failed Dec. 30, 2014 to pass a resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from lands occupied since the 1967 borders were drawn. Eight countries voted in favor of the proposal; two, including the U.S., which has veto power, voted against it, and five countries abstained.

Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah said Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority would request Arab safety net activation in case that the tax money were frozen, or United States suspended its aid to the Authority, Palestinian newspaper Al-Watan reported.

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