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PA official: Israel continues to withhold tax revenue
Published Tuesday 12/02/2013 (updated) 02/03/2013 22:14
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) – Israel is still withholding Palestinian tax revenue breaching the 2004 Paris agreement, an official in the Palestinian Ministry of Finance said Tuesday.

Spokesman Rami Mahdawi told Ma'an that the ongoing breach "confirms that Israel is going on with its piracy on Palestinian money."

He referred to recent remarks by Israel's Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz related to tax revenue Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian government. "These remarks clearly prove that the Palestinian government is facing a severe financial crisis rendering the government unable to pay civil servants’ salaries and to pay back debts."

Mahdawi urged Palestinian trade unions to back the government and stop the ongoing rounds of strikes highlighting that strikes only harm public interests and add more burdens.

Steinitz told Channel 1 TV Monday that the motives behind Israel’s decision to withhold tax money still remained. The main reasons for withholding tax money, he explained, were the PA attempts to establish partnership with Hamas, and the declarations by Palestinian leaders about their intentions to sue Israeli officials in the International Criminal Court.

If the Palestinian president abandons these paths, all options will be open for us to resume cooperation with the PA which we seek to maintain rather than destroy, added Steinitz.
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1 ) Foolish to Expect / Anything Different
12/02/2013 20:34
"Israel continues to withhold tax revenue", since after a Unity government with Hamas* is formed, Israel would be providing funds to a government, that will spend the money to buy rockets, to murder Israeli civilians !!

* Hamas is still NOT only calls for Israel's destruction,
but also actively firing rockets at civilians to bring it about.

2 ) Money / Currency
12/02/2013 22:22
Palestinians should stop complaining on alleged Israeli’s breach of Paris agreement because they negated all Oslo and Paris agreements when they went to UN to be recognized as a non-member state. That UN move negates all Oslo related agreements and now palestinians should forget about those agreements and rely on themselves. They should collect their own taxes and fees, conduct export/import activities and print their own money - as much as they need. Forget about Israel - live on your own.

3 ) Around / World
12/02/2013 22:25
Palestinians were accepted to UN as a non-member non-state. It means not only possibility to file complains to ICC - it means also that it isno more Oslo agreements, no more US aid, no more taxes and fees collected by Israel on palestinians behalf, no more American money to UNRWA. Palestinians need now to learn to live like other states - counting only on themselves, not begging and complaining but paying for their life’s and expenses. I am afraid that palestinians are not too happy now.

4 ) More / Money
12/02/2013 22:26
It is time to print your own money, pals. Mahmoud Abbas, Mishaal and Haneya will look terrific on the new bills. And even Saeb Erequat and Asrawi would look OK on the coin’s faces, especially if Erequat is shown riding a camel. Think about it – it can resolve your constant budget crunch. But there is one advice – do not use toilet paper to print money. Some people tried, but it did not work out. And of cause, if this does not work - you always have Arab safety net.

5 ) NIS / USD
12/02/2013 22:27
Palestinians should not ask US and EU for money if they keep applying for UN membership and avoiding peace negotiations. And of cause US and EU should stop financing PA, PLO and Abbas. Palestinians should go to their strongest supporters and beg for money Syria, Iran, China, Russia, Venezuela, So. Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Indonesia, arab brothers. Sorry, I forgot Gabon - palestinians definitely should ask Gabon for money. Please keep in mind that Gabon is not an animal, it is a country.

6 ) EE / UK
12/02/2013 22:27
What I do not understand is why palestinians keep asking US and EU for money. They should go to those countries which make up the majority at UN General Assembly. Let those countries who vote for Palestinian UN membership to foot the bill and put their money next to their votes.

7 ) PA / PLO
12/02/2013 22:28
"The Palestinian Authority does not expect a significant boost in foreign budget assistance" - what a fools. Palestinians should expect significant cut in foreign budget assistance after their futile UN bid. They should forget about US and German financial aid, loans from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, Israeli collected on palestinian's behalf fees and taxes. It is time to tighten belts, pals. But all of the above will be compensated by observer status at UN.

8 ) A Lot Of / Questions
12/02/2013 22:30
Maybe palestinians not managing their affairs very good? Maybe their economical policy is not optimal? Or little corruption is involved? Please, think about it.

9 ) UN / UNESCO
12/02/2013 22:31
The admission of palestinians as a UN non-member observer non-state means no palestinian state probably ever and coming end of the UN. Let palestinians to observe something in UN till the end of the days. But not on our money. It is time do de-fund UN, PA, PLO and Abbas. All of them together, once and for all.

10 ) Criminal / Court
12/02/2013 22:34
There are some consequences of the palestinians successful UN bid: - they are losing US aid, they are losing aid from International Monetary Fund and World Bank, they are losing majority of EU aid (Germany will cut the aid to palestinians to the very minimum), they are losing taxes and fees collected by Israel on palestinian behalf, they will be treated by the world just like another very pure terrorist state. They will gain nothing. As usually.

11 ) Legal / Beagle
12/02/2013 22:37
"2004 Paris agreement". Hmm, wasn't that part of the Oslo accords that included an agreement not to seek statehood outside of its machinery of negotiation. Try taking this one to the ICC.

12 ) Communism / Capitalism
12/02/2013 22:40
The only thing left for smart palestinians to do is to ask International Criminal Court for money. They might help a little bit. Or not. But it does not matter: the Main thing - palestinians have obtained non-member non-state status at UN and can observe something over there now and till the end of the days. They do not need stinking money any more. It is like communism in Palestine now.

13 ) SHIRLEYs / aUSTRALIA
13/02/2013 22:47
atuseless uninformedcomments by 12345 US DOES NOT GIVE MONEY TO PA IT WITHDREW AID LAST YR KEEP UP second the paris aGREEMENT WAS /IS ILLEGAL UNDER INT LAWWHOEVER DESIGNED IT TRAPPED PALS IT ALSO DESTROYS PALESTINIAN BUSINESS AND RESTRICTS GROWTH TIME FOR pa TO GIVE IT THE FLICKAND iSREALS SETTLEMENTS illegal AND GENEVA CONVENTIONS PRISONERS OF WAR PROTECTIONisreal HAS NOT HONOREDITS COMMITMENTS STEALING RECOURCES IS illegal hitler CALLED warsaw ghetto Uprising ACT OF terrorism

14 ) Language / Foreign
14/02/2013 18:32
Shirley #13 - what language you are using? Please, elaborate.

15 ) gareebe / nowhere
24/02/2013 07:36
So, israel has found a way to blackmail the Palestinian people over their intention to go to the ICC. Here's hoping that one day, isarelis will trip over their own deviousness.

16 ) sam / palestine
26/02/2013 22:59
Amazing that you Zionest emplyoees (all previous commentators) actually waste your time to try and spread your propaganda lies even on an obvious pro palestinian website/pro human/pro truth, where most people already understand your propaganda BS lies. I should contact your supervisors

17 ) Supervisor / Boss
01/03/2013 16:25
Sam # 16 - have you contacted supervisor? What did he say?
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