'Lieberman trying to cause PA to collapse'

MK Herzog says foreign minister opposed to transferring tax revenues to Palestinians in order to restore Israeli control.

November 29, 2011 09:15
1 minute read.
Isaac Herzog

Herzog 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is opposed to transferring tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority as a means to bring the PA to collapse and restore Israeli control in Palestinian cities, MK Isaac Herzog (Labor) said in a Tuesday morning interview with Israel Radio.

Israel has been holding $100 million in tax revenues from the PA since its admission to UNESCO earlier this month.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Government considering release of PA tax funds
'Israeli withholding of tax funds incapacitating PA'

Additionally, Herzog called for Defense Minister Ehud Barak to resign if he fails to transfer the money in the coming days.

Also speaking with Israel Radio on Tuesday morning, MK Ronnie Bar-On ‎explained that there is no proof to support claims that tax revenues to the PA are used to fund terror. According to Bar-On, the Authority acts responsibily in security matters and it is ridiculous to penalize it for unilateral measures it is taking.

On Monday, Lieberman fiercely condemned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s support for transferring tax money to the Palestinian Authority, but he said he would not remove his Israel Beiteinu party from the coalition in protest.

Lieberman spoke at a faction meeting of his party after Netanyahu’s associates hinted the transfer would take place soon. He criticized reporters who misinterpreted the opposition that he declared last week as an ultimatum.

“I’ve heard the infantile claims about the money belonging to the Palestinians, as if they can use the money to murder or incite to murder Israelis,” Lieberman said. “Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] meets the 1,000 terrorists that have been released or are about to be released and calls them ‘freedom fighters.’ He gives them $5,000 and more money for an apartment. He says the money is for their security force but it’s not true.”

Lieberman said he saw no change in the behavior of the PA that justified what he called “subsidizing terrorists,” especially when incitement against Israel in PA-sanctioned textbooks continues.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN