(Palestine National Authority (PNA

(Palestine National Authority (PNA

Interim governing body appointed July 1994 to take over the management of Palestinian affairs from Israel in newly liberated Gaza Strip and Jericho . It is headed by Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation organization. The PNA has jurisdiction over the whole of the formerly occupied areas, except Israeli settlers and nationals , Israel retains responsibility for external defence and foreign affairs.

On 5 Dec 1994 Israel extended the PNA's remit to include administration of health and collection of taxes. In the same month , the Israeli parliament passed legislation allowing for the closure of PNA offices set up outside the self-rule areas, notably Orient House in East Jerusalem.

Since taking office, the PNA has had to contend with militant attacks by Palestinian islamic groups within area of jurisdiction , directed at Israeli soldiers

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