Abbas doubts Iranian funds will reach the PA

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he doubted that funds pledged by Iran would ever reach the PA. The reason, according to Abbas, was because of global checks on the flow of funds. "We are fully aware that the movement of finance is now globally subject to many inspections. I don't think the world can allow the entry of this type of money," Abbas said. Abbas did say, however, that if the funds were able to reach the PA, he would welcome it. A senior Hamas official said earlier in the week that Iran had agreed to provide the Palestinians with enough money to make up for any cuts in foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority.