UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)
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.
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The security cabinet
decided last week to continue to freeze the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian
Authority. Israel first suspended the transfer of funds earlier this month to
protest the continued Palestinian pursuit of unilateral statehood at the
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."
In a series of retaliatory moves against the Palestinian Authority earlier this month, Israel decided to accelerate Jewish construction over the pre-1967 lines
and temporarily suspend the transfer of tax funds to the PA.
issued the punitive steps just one day after the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) accepted the Palestinian
Authority’s bid to become its 195th member. The PA also plans to request
membership in other UN agencies.Tovah Lazaroff, Lahav Harkov and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.