File - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Fatah revolutionary council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP/Majdi Mohammad)
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The Palestinian leadership meets this week for crucial talks on the future of the Palestinian Authority, whose existence is under threat after Israel cut off a key source of funds.Of most immediate concern at the two-day meeting in Ramallah starting Wednesday will be the financial crisis facing the Palestinian Authority.Dismantling the PA would force Israel to send its forces back into all Palestinian towns and cities and take full responsibility for running civilian affairs and public services in the West Bank, which is home to 2.8 million people.Before reaching a decision over its relations with Israel, the matter must be examined in depth by the PLO, said Ahmed Majdalani, one of the 18 members of the PLO's executive committee, its most senior decision-making body.Last year's floundering intra-Palestinian reconciliation agreement, which was supposed to end years of enmity between Hamas and Fatah, will also be discussed.
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