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PA minister expects Israel to resume tax transfers
Published Saturday 26/01/2013 (updated) 29/01/2013 10:28
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority minister of economy said Friday that he expects the Israeli government to stop withholding tax revenues in the near future.

Jawad al-Naji told Ma’an that the financial crisis would be solved if the Israeli government pays the tax revenues, if Arab countries contribute to the so-called safety net, and when European countries resume aid.

Al-Naji said aid from the EU was expected to resume next month, while the Israeli government will likely begin transferring tax revenues, which he said was an obligation under international law.

The minister also said Arab countries were expected to contribute to the PA "safety net" to help it continue operating despite sanctions. Saudi Arabia is contributing the most, but he said Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar were likely to contribute to the initiative.

He highlighted that officials were waiting until a summit in March to confirm the proposed safety net.
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1 ) Mel / USA
26/01/2013 19:11
COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT,by a MILITARY OCCUPIER,on ENCLAVED CIVILIAN/POW's.WAR CRIMES !Israel witholding taxes,is economic terrorism,attrition,punishment BY AN OCCUPYING POWER!And our USG colludes with that,2 our CRIMINAL DISGRACE! USG public servants GIVE 3 BILLION dollars(min)per annum,of OUR US-citizen tax-monies-ILLEGALLY-to Israel's ROGUE-NUKE WEPS,RELIGIOUS STIPENDS HOUSING subsidies,for apartheid JEWISH-ONLY colonies on Arab stolen land.All AGAINST AEC(ArmsExportControlAct)&FAA(Symington)!!

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
27/01/2013 10:55
Don't forget to ask INTEREST on the money being held by the idiot Israeli's and if they don't give interest, make a note of such actions and bring them when the case comes to the ICC.

3 ) Tony B? / ME
30/01/2013 17:10
#1) If Israel was the occupier why would the PA need the money? And for that matter why would the PA even call itself a national authority? I know you Americans are often poorly informed about things outside your borders, but I think you are exceptionally confused about the realities on the ground here. And considering the fact the PA has declared economic warfare on Israel. Why would you think Israel should still finance them? The PA is payed to control the Pals. Not to be a pain in the ass.

4 ) @ Mel-1 & AKeen-2 / Tubas
31/01/2013 04:51
1- It is more "collective" DEBT COLLECTION, than punishment, and 2- Israel should NOT "forget to ask INTEREST", for the years that the PA did not pay their electricty debts, and 3- Though "PA minister SAID he expects Israel to resume tax transfers": - he may NOT even really believe, - Israeli medias are NOT confirming it, and - Israeli ministers are NOT confirming it either, so it will be a long time before tax transfers resume !!!!
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