Steinitz calls on Netanyahu to halt tax transfers to Palestinians as punishment for UN steps

December 15, 2014 12:11


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Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to halt the transfer of tax funds to the Palestinian Authority in response to its decision to seek statehood through a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Two years ago when he was finance minister, Steinitz said, he responded to Palestinian unilateral threats by stopping such transfers. He informed the PA it could receive only half the sum in back payments, because Israel planed to seize the rest as a fine for the unilateral steps.

“As a result is that within two months, the PA promised to stop unilateral moves,” Steintiz said. Asking Israel to accept a Palestinian state in all of Judea and Samaria is the equivalent of asking it to commit suicide.

“Instead of peace we will get Hamas or ISIS in the suburbs of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem,” Steinitz said.

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