IDF tear gas fire at Palestinians throw stones in Nebi Salah.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
The defense establishment is opposed to Israeli punitive action against the
Palestinian Authority following its planned unilateral declaration of statehood
at the United Nations next week – and particularly with a possible halt to the
government transferring customs and tax money it collects on behalf of the PA to
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Stopping money and tax transfers to the PA has been used as a
threat in recent weeks by government officials as one of Israel’s potential
responses following the PA declaration. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz are said to support the move.
officials told The Jerusalem Post
that stopping money transfers to Ramallah
could potentially lead to the PA’s collapse, anarchy in the territories, and
ultimately an increase in violence by Palestinians dependant on the PA for their
livelihood, such as members of the Palestinian security services.
important that we retain financial stability, even after their unilateral
moves,” said one senior official from the Defense Ministry. “Stopping money
transfers could lead to a financial crisis which could lead to a violent
The IDF is working closely with PA security services amid
fears that large-scale demonstrations will breakout over the coming weeks,
following the PA’s declaration at the UN.
In recent weeks, OC Central
Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi and OC Judea and Samaria Division
Brig.-Gen. Nitzan Alon, met with their Palestinian counterparts to
coordinate the way the IDF will respond to demonstrations.
officials also warned of growing settler violence in the West Bank and how
attacks against Palestinians could lead the PA to stop working to contain
demonstrations as it has said it would.
On Friday, settlers and
near the Palestinian village of Kusra, south of Nablus. One
Palestinian was shot and a settler was stabbed. Both were evacuated to
The clashes erupted outside the village after a group of about
a dozen settlers entered a Palestinian orchard and closed off the irrigation
Palestinian villagers threw stones in response.
the month, in what the IDF is calling a settler “price tag” attack, vandals set
fire to a mosque in the same village and scrawled graffiti in Hebrew.
Palestinians then set fire to nearby Israeli orchards.
violence in the area, the IDF and Israel Police beefed up their presence near
Kusra to prevent possible retaliation by either side.
The IDF went on
high alert throughout the West Bank last, week ahead of the so-called September
demonstrations that are expected to intensify next weekend after PA President
Mahmoud Abbas submits a statehood resolution to the UN.
The IDF has
completed the deployment of several additional infantry battalions in the West
Bank who have undergone special anti-riot training ahead of the expected
Additionally, units were deployed in the South near the
border with the Gaza Strip and in the North to prevent border infiltrations from
Syria and Lebanon.