UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
on Tuesday to resume the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian
Authority, according to a UN spokesperson.
In a telephone conversation with the prime minister, Ban also expressed
concern about Israel's plans for construction in the settlements while
praising the country's "approval of new UN construction projects worth
US$ 5.5 million in Gaza."
The secretary-general emphasized the importance of creating "an
environment conducive for the resumption of direct negotiations between
Israelis and Palestinians."