GAZA, Aug. 13 (Xinhuanet) — A senior Palestinian official said on Saturday that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) rejects paying direct or indirect compensations to Jewish settlers to be evacuated from the Gaza Strip.
Mazen Sonokrot, Palestinian economic minister, said that there were serious attempts of James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president and special envoy of the Middle East Quartet Committee,to keep the settlers properties for the Palestinians.
There is no objection from the Palestinian side on this issue but the PNA would not compensate the settlers for their properties.He said in a statement.
Earlier a deal worth 14 million US dollars was signed to transfer the greenhouses owned by Israeli farmers in Gush Katif settlement bloc in Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.
The American Economic Cooperation Foundation coordinated private foreign donations to fund the greenhouses transfer with most of the money coming from American donors.
Sonokrot added that the deal is an internal issue between the Americans and the settlers with no PNA relation to it.