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PA asks Israel to review Paris Protocol
Published Sunday 09/09/2012 (updated) 11/09/2012 09:26
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Protesters have rallied against rising prices and unemployment across
the West Bank this week. (MaanImages/Stringer)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday asked his civil affairs minister to officially request from Israel a review of the economic accords between their governments.

Hussain al-Sheikh said he has written to Israel requesting a clarification of the Paris Protocol in light of the Palestinian Authority's financial situation upon Abbas' request.

He said they were waiting for a response, and if Israel agrees, the minister will form a committee of negotiators and experts to review the accords.

In an interview with Israel's Reshet Bet radio, Israeli defense ministry policy director Amos Gilad said the state should carefully study the request to assess how realistic it is.

The Paris Protocol was signed in 1994 as an annex to the Oslo Accords that established the interim Palestinian government.

Protesters rallying against rising prices and unemployment across the West Bank this week have called for its cancellation. The agreement has mostly benefited Israel while making the Palestinian economy dependent on Israel's economy, they argue.

The Protocol gave Israel sole control over Palestine's external trade, and collection of customs duties, allowing the state to serially hold back this revenue as punishment for Palestinian political measures, such as the bid for UN membership.

It also pegs VAT to Israeli tax rates, currently at 17 percent, despite the huge disparity in average Palestinian and Israeli incomes.

Provisions allowing the Palestinians to make free-trade agreements with other states and mandating access to Israeli markets have not transpired.

The Oslo Accords set out a temporary system of Palestinian self-government, to be gradually extended to Palestinian independence, but nearly two decades later they remain in place amid a litany of failed negotiations and outbreaks of unrest.
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1 ) WHY DON'T YOU START WITH / RETURNING THE LOOT
09/09/2012 13:58
YOU AND YOUR PLO CRONIES STOLE FROM THE PALESTINIANS OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS YOU ARE A BUNCH OF THIEVES RETURN THE MONEY TO THE PEOPLE!!

2 ) adam / usa
09/09/2012 16:22
in 2003, a team of American accountants–hired by Arafat's own finance ministry–began examining Arafat's finances. The team claimed that part of the Palestinian leader's wealth was in a secret portfolio worth close to $1 billion.

3 ) Mitri I. Musleh / Canada
09/09/2012 16:27
Canceling the protocol agreement with Israel or Fayyad’s economic programs does not end the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The Palestinian people must stop dealing with the symptoms of the problem and revolt against the crippling Israeli occupation of their land. Better yet, demonstrate for one people one country.

4 ) Mel / USA
09/09/2012 18:03
O alas Abbas!U're such a puppet 2 Israel!All Palestinians should scrap the WHOLE OSLO CRAP!It was orchestrated as a Zionist PONZI SCHEME,a VEIL,to cover continued Zionist Plan Dalet(expulsion of ALL Palestinians&destroy any chance of ANY PAL state).Again,Oslo Accords is a PONZI sham!Land theft,ethnic cleansing,persecution is REALITY! PA/Fatah got millions from it,but NOT 10 million Palestinians who still HAVE NO RIGHTofRETURN,or STATE! PA is a Zio-proxy,controlled by Zionist LAWYERS!

5 ) Robby / USA
09/09/2012 18:20
2 ) adam / usa - I am the last person that would try to defend Arafat, but being a billionaire is not a crime. There are plenty of Palestinian wealthy people - that does not make them evil.

6 ) kandeel / Jordan
09/09/2012 20:33
#5 ''I am the last person that would try to defend Arafat'' I am glad about that! It does though make Our Dear Leader a thieving bastard.

7 ) Jossef / USA
09/09/2012 22:27
It is clear the Palestinians are finally fed up with their corrupt leadership and the Palestinian leadership in its typical knee jerk reaction trying to shift the blame to Israel by asking to re-examine the Paris Protocol. Even Saudi Arabia stopped delivering the funds it pledged to the Palestinians because in their words part of it is stolen by the Palestinian leadership. If Abbas thinks he can solve the PA economic problems by shipping through Jordan, I would let him do it.

8 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
10/09/2012 01:07
First, @ 6) kandeel/Jordan, You're damn right about that !!! Second, the Palestinians are 100% right to request a review of the Paris Protocol (the Oslo Accords are dead, anyhow). We should not be collecting any Palestinian taxes (even on those Palestinians who work for an Israelite employer) or customs duties, stay the hell out of Palestinian trade and VAT (Value-Added Taxes) and give the PA all economic control and responsibility for the Palestinians' own affairs. If they were all (cont.)

9 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
10/09/2012 01:09
in Jordan/Palestine--which is where they SHOULD be--we wouldn't even have to worry about this crap.

10 ) Tibi / Tubas
10/09/2012 03:11
Israel will consider a "review the Paris Protocol", just as much as the PA will consider restarting PEACE NEGOTIATIONS, and then they will both decide not to move forward !!

11 ) Tobias / USA
10/09/2012 14:57
Israel asked for "Peace" and Palestinians said "NO", so it's NO surprise when
Palestinians ask for Financial Concessions, that Israel would say "NO" too,
which is exactly what happened !!


12 ) Mel / USA
10/09/2012 16:11
No!Everything to do with Madrid/Oslo discords is dead&gone.Was a none starter anyway,after Norway proved to be a biased-broker & PLO destroyed a GREAT negotiating team by being a megaphone from Tunis!Put Arafat/Oslo in the PAST B4 the whole PIECE(Palestine)is gone.As POTUS Obushma says,'FORWARD'(no,not the Zionist paper).Form a NEW negotiating team(mix of academia,intellects&factions)FAST! Stick to it!No appetizers this time.Main course 1st on the table(occupation,Border,RoR)&pick CLEAN brokers!

13 ) Robby / USA
10/09/2012 16:54
6 ) kandeel / Jordan - you might be right, just what was his livelihood? Did he have any other income besides being the leader of the Palestinians?
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