Israel to Withhold Tax Revenues From Palestinian Authority in Response to ICC Move
JNS.org – The Israeli Finance Ministry will halt the scheduled transfer of $127 million in tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in response to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to seek Palestinian membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel would “not idly by” while the PA opts “for a confrontation with the state of Israel.”
“We will not allow them to drag IDF soldiers and commanders to the International Criminal Court in The Hague,” Netanyahu said. The prime minister added that instead of Israeli officials, it is “the heads of the Palestinian Authority who struck an alliance with the Hamas war criminals who should be held accountable” by the ICC, referring to the unity agreement Abbas’s Fatah faction reached with the Hamas terrorist group last spring.