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March 27, 2015 4:29 pm

Israel to Resume Tax Revenue Transfer to Palestinians

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JNS.orgIsrael announced that it will resume the transfer of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which it suspended earlier this year over the PA’s decision to join the International Criminal Court.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the recommendation submitted by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, the Israel Defense Forces, and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) to transfer tax revenues that accrued in recent months to the Palestinian Authorities,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The statement cites “humanitarian considerations” as well as the “overall view toward serving Israel’s interests at this juncture” as the reasons for the decision. Since winning re-election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken some steps to ease international concerns about his commitment to a two-state solution.

As part of the Oslo Accords, Israel is responsible for collecting tax and custom duties on behalf of the PA for goods arriving in Israeli ports; Israel normally transfers around $130 million per month.

Since Israel’s decision to halt transfers on Jan. 2, more than $550 million had been withheld from the PA, which has forced the Palestinian leadership to cut employee salaries by up to 40 percent and rely on an emergency budget, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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  • This is the right decision. The PA broke their agreement not to go to the ICC, but Israel nonetheless should not stop money meant for the PA. The employees of the PA were not responsible for going to the ICC. The objective should be to give the PA as much autonomy on the ground while maintaining IDF security. A fully independent PA state would be eaten by ISIL.

  • Paul

    Bibi held up the delivery of heir money to the Palestinians as a punitive measure.
    He has now allowed it to go through – from humanitarian considerations !?!?!?!?!?!? Nonsense.
    The Palestinian authority is in danger of imminent collapse due to not being able to pay wages to its security forces, who play a vital role in keeping order, and fighting the Hamas in their attempts to overtake the West Bank. Israel’s security relies very strongly on the continued security cooperation, and THIS is what was at stake.
    So how come Bibi’s change of heart ? Did the Palestinians withdraw their membership inthe International court ? Naaaah. It’s simple. The elections are over, so Bibi can show his true colors, he has already won the elections by presenting a false image to his naive, never-learning-anything political supporters, so he can now double-cross them again. But its OK, they forgive him every time he lies to them and manipulates them. The hatred he arouses against the left or the Arabs is far stronger than their demand for honesty or integrity from their leader.

  • The Oslo accord is null and void! – r5

    A scathing indictment of the world nations at large

    The Arab-Palestinians Charter explicitly states that they want the State of Israel for themselves and the Jewish people destroyed. They educate their children and the masses to commit terror and violence against innocent civilians in Israel. They celebrate in the streets when terror strikes and honor and name streets after suicide bombers.

    The Arab-Palestinians actions to date has proven that they do not want peace. Why is the liberal left and many of the world nations fantasizing and deluding themselves that the Arabs want peace.

    People of the world wake up and realize the ultimate mission of the Arab-Palestinians is to eliminate the unbelievers.

    If the world at large does not wake up now it will be next. The takeover and domination has already started. Take off the blinders, open your eyes and look around and face the reality of what is taking place.

    No entity in the world will force a solution on Israel.

    The world at large forced or were complicit to the Final solution in WWII with the Holocaust and the extermination of over 6 million Jewish people, men, women and children.

    Where was the outcry from the nations of the world? Where was the threats and objection when millions of Jewish people were being exterminated? The world at large stood on the sideline and was silent.

    Where were the nations of the world when the Arab countries expelled over a million Jewish people from their countries who lived there for over 2,000 years? The Arabs confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and Real estate 5-6 times the size of Israel (120,000 sq. km. or 46,000 sq. miles), and valued in the trillions of dollars?

    Where are the nations of the world today? Why do they ignore the thousands being slaughtered by Muslims throughout the world?

    Jewish property and assets are being held by the nations of the world and not being returned.

    Iran the greatest terrorist sponsor in the world is pursuing Nuclear weapons and the domination of the Middle East and its waterways. They already control Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, and they are not stopping.

    Today and since 1948 Israel is being threatened with annihilation. Yet, when Israel defends itself from destruction, suicide bombers, thousands of missiles, violence, etc, by the Arabs, every country has something to say, threatens Israel and meddle in its internal affairs and business.

    This is the time when nations of the world must mind their own business and stay out of Israel’s internal affairs. Only then will there be a possibility for peace.


    YJ Draiman

    P.S. The Jewish peoples war of survival was not won when Hitler lost. It continues to this day, against enemies with far more effective tools of mass murder at their disposal. Plus we are easy to find now.

  • How many holidays do the Arabs celebrate due to historical events in the land of ancient Israel. The Jewish people celebrate most of their holidays and fast days in memory of and the goal and aspiration to return to Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem – where it was before it was destroyed and desecrated by the enemies of the Jews. Many of the Jewish prayers for thousands of years recite the love of Israel and the Jewish aspirations to return to their ancestral land and bring back its glory and holiness.

    In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
    Ben Gurion

    “Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its ‘right to exist.’ [As a Jewish State] Israel’s right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel’s legitimacy is not suspended in midair awaiting acknowledgement. . . .There is certainly no other state, big or small, young or old, that would consider mere recognition of its ‘right to exist’ a favor, or a negotiable concession.”

    Abba Eban


    To the victor, Israel goes the spoils, Jewish liberated land – The concessions must come from the defeated Arabs who initiated the war

    Oh! if only the Israeli leaders would listen to your voice, the voice of reason and common sense! But NO! They still consider making concessions to their enemies. They still seem to think that they must make efforts to get them to the so-called “negotiations” table, when there is nothing to negotiate. For the Arabs have only one main idea in their heads, namely, “How quickly can we destroy the “Zionist entity” Israel, and thus be able to slaughter the Jews!”
    There can be no negotiations with such people, especially when they make it quite clear that a so-called “2 State Solution” is only the first step towards a “One State Solution”, a state that will be run under Islamic Sharia Law, with not a living Jew inside its borders. For they will be either slaughtered or “driven into the sea”.
    But NO! Israel’s leaders are still deluding themselves, stuck with “negotiations”; and the Israeli Army commanders are still mind-fixed that we must not harm their civilians — those civilians (are educated and promoted to commit terror and violence against the Israeli people) who are only too bloodthirsty to spill the blood of as many Jews as they can. “We must not harm their civilians even if it endangers our own soldiers’ lives” is their clarion call!
    The world would not come to Israel’s aid, had Israel been defeated by the Arabs. (Just like the Holocaust 6 million Jews exterminated).
    They should learn from Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt that Total War means Total War for both sides!. Those two great men had no qualms about bombing German cities, even Dresden (which was turned into rubble), and Winston Churchill (who reneged on the promise to the Jewish people), probably the greatest man of the 20th century (by American standards) is reported as having said during the War “The only good German is a dead one”. And only after the War was won and the Nazi menace was destroyed did he talk of “Magnanimity in Victory.” And that was after the two Atomic Bombs dropped on Japan, leveling the cities and killing innumerable civilians.

  • Scott

    This could only be due to pressure from the Obama Administration as a direct threat to abandon Israel at the UN. Netanyahu is caving to Obama? His appeasement will not be rewarded. Obama knows more about appeasement than anyone as he is the appeaser in chief.