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PA says considering changes to Paris protocol
Published Saturday 15/12/2012 (updated) 18/12/2012 18:42
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority might go to the sponsors of Paris protocol to pressure Israeli authorities to retreat from their decision to seize tax revenues, the undersecretary of the Ministry of National Economy said Wednesday.

Nasser Tahboub told Ma’an that the Israeli decision violates the convention and he accused the Israelis of engaging in "piracy" using Palestinian money, from which Israel already takes a percentage.

Israel's Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz transferred the month's 435 million shekels in Palestinian tax money to the Israel Electric Corporation instead of to Ramallah, Israeli media reported.

The seizure was in retaliation for a vote that Israel lost in the UN by a wide margin in late November.

According to the Paris protocol that governs economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, any dispute over debts should be settled by a joint committee.

Tahboub told Ma’an that he advised the Israeli finance minister to reconsider its decision, and reiterated that Israel does not have the right to "free play with the Palestinians' money."
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1 ) some one / some where
15/12/2012 12:58
why did not you pay your debit nothing is free electricity also

2 ) Abubakar Dabo / Nigeria
15/12/2012 13:28
This means the world has become almost as controlled by Israel. Is there any incredible empowerment and flexibility clause the Paris protocol offers Israel to diddle with the Palestinian Authority's finances? It's hardly surprising knowing their behavior though. They do many things they want to do against the Palestinians, regardless of whether it is right or wrong. Yet other countries take this and other outrageous actions of Israeli Authorities as normal. This is why Israel will not stop until

3 ) shirley / australia
15/12/2012 13:44
this isnt changing the protocol which is illegal anyway it is whining because ISreal isnt engaging in its agreement and PA want to keep the illegal system going that helps enforce the occupation and has no place in int law and geneva conventions

4 ) Reader / from Edmonton
15/12/2012 16:26
How does America justify the continued occupation of Palestine? It's way past the time you pulled the jackboots off Palestine's neck. Trillions in debt for war: nothing for peace.

5 ) A few home truths / are in order.
15/12/2012 16:48
"The seizure was in retaliation for a vote that Israel lost in the UN by a wide margin in late November."

That's a rather over simplistic view of reality. The PA owed this money. Because Israel previously allowed them a free ride doesn't mean they are entitled to one. The PA really must learn that biting the hand that feeds them means they will go hungry. They were payed for the purpose of managing the Pals. If they create more trouble than they are worth, others will be payed to do the job.

6 ) Dovey / SE
15/12/2012 18:43
There are a confluence of factors, not the least of which is Israel's own economy is failing (cost of living & prices spiraling out of control), inability of gov't to pass a budget, as well as punishment/retaliation against the PLO for their temerity to go to the UN. Someone point out *any* gov't that has no debt but a surplus... wait - there is none!

7 ) Mr Fox / Argentina
16/12/2012 02:37
Be more honest, intellectually speaking. Pay your electricity bills, then take the money from tax withholding.

8 ) Basil / Korea
16/12/2012 12:02
This comment about paying electricity bills is ridiculous since the Palestinians are occupied and are not a state. Israel is required to provide the Palestinians for such needs since they're not independent. Furthermore, Israel exploits the resources of the West Bank without giving the inhabitants any of the benefits, except for the Jewish ones, so those mentioning the electricity bill are really racist and defenders of an occupation.

9 ) Azzi from / Gazzi
19/12/2012 04:04
When Abbass went to the UNGA on Nov29 to ask for "observer state" upgrade, he knew he was thumbing his nose at ALL prior agreements that had been agreed to, and signed by former leaders of both the State of Israel and the nonstate tribal arabs. Abbass got his vote; ALL agreements are OFF the table, NOW live with what he's done to you. Stop whining/complaining. You got what you asked for! When the blind lead the blind, all fall into the ditch!
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