Livni Arranged Citizenship for Abu Ala's Daughter

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni helped PA negotiator Abu Ala arrange an Israeli ID for his daughter. Livni admits helping but sees no wrong.

Gil Ronen,

PA negotiator Ahmed Qureia ("Abu Ala")
PA negotiator Ahmed Qureia ("Abu Ala")

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni used her clout to help the daughter of top Fatah-PA negotiator Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala) to receive Israeli citizenship, Channel 10 reported Sunday.

At Qureia's behest, Livni relayed the request by his daughter Mona for an ID to the Ministry of Interior, which granted her request and issued her an Israeli ID card a few weeks ago. Mona, who lives in Abu Dis, had asked to be allowed to join her husband in Israeli eastern Jerusalem. The husband carries a blue Israeli ID card.

Livni did not deny that she received the request from Abu Ala eight months ago. She said that she transferred the request to the Interior Ministry "as is commonly done and as is required, without any kind of interference."

The Israeli law regarding marriages between a person carrying an Israeli ID and a partner in the Fat
The card gives its carrier complete freedom of movement in Israel, as well as National Insurance Institute coverage.
ah-PA territory was changed recently, and Arabs from Judea an Samaria are no longer eligible for a blue ID card even if they marry a partner who has such a card, unless the Ministry of Interior grants special permission. This means that for Fatah-PA residents, obtaining a blue ID card is virtually impossible unless one has connections.

The card gives its carrier complete freedom of movement in Israel, as well as National Insurance Institute (Social Security) coverage for him and his children..

This is not the first time Qureia has used his power for the benefit of relatives, according to the report. At the Oslo talks he reportedly drew the border so that his son would retain control of two gas stations in Judea and Samaria. His son in law's factory provided concrete for building the security fence put up between Israel and the Fatah-PA in recent years.





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