Israel Takes Punishing Financial Action Against Palestinians For Them Seeking Recognition
[su_right_ad]For the terrible crime of trying to join the International World Court, Israel is freezing more than $100 million in Palestinian tax funds. Palestinians were hoping to press war crime charges against Israel.
The Palestinian Authority has chosen confrontation with Israel and we will not sit idly by,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet. He said Israel would not allow its soldiers to be “hauled” before the court.
In an initial response over the weekend, Israel said it had frozen tax funds collected for the Palestinians. The monthly transfers are a key source of revenue for the cash-strapped Palestinian government.
Netanyahu’s government minister for strategic affairs, Yuval Steinitz, said Israel could take even tougher action.
“If the Palestinian Authority continues to attack us, I assume we will consider other steps,” he said, without elaborating.
The Palestinians sought membership in the international tribunal after the U.N. Security Council voted down a resolution setting a three-year deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state on lands occupied by Israel. On Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said officials were considering going back to the council.
“We might go again and again and again,” he said. “We will never get bored until we gain the recognition — and in the end they will recognize us.”
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