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PostSubject: Re: Israel eyes tougher moves after Palestinian tax freeze   Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:49 am

Re Yahoo! News (AFP) 1/4/15
Israel eyes tougher moves after Palestinian tax freeze
Hazel Ward
http://news.yahoo.com/israel-eyes-tougher-moves-palestinian-tax-freeze-132933757.html;_ylt=AwrSyCNJsqtU3RcARCvQtDMD

Jerusalem - Israel was weighing its options Sunday for further punishing the Palestinians after freezing millions in tax revenues as a first response to their bid to join the International Criminal Court.

The Palestinian move to join the Hague-based court sets the scene for potential legal action against Israel for war crimes, in a bid to put pressure on it to pull out of the territories.

But the request to join the court, formally presented on Friday, infuriated Israel which quickly moved to freeze the transfer of half a billion shekels ($127 million/106 million euros) in tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority.

"The Palestinian Authority has chosen to take a path of confrontation with Israel, and we will not sit idly by," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told cabinet ministers on Sunday, vowing to put up a vigorous defence of Israel's soldiers.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat denounced the freezing of the transfer as "piracy", and Hamas said it amounted to "the theft of Palestinian money", urging the leadership to cut all security cooperation with Israel.

But Israeli officials warned it was only the first in a series of punitive measures.

"If the Palestinian Authority doesn't take a step back, I think we have to take much more severe steps," said Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, a close associate of Netanyahu, referring to a "gradual dissolution" of the PA.

"We should not aid the existence of this authority."

Israel may also file countersuits against top Palestinian officials, a source close to the government said on Friday.

- Israel in 'attack mode' -

But, in an unusual development, Israel was not planning to announce any new settlement construction, a senior foreign ministry official said on Sunday.

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It really is stealing money from the Palestinians as it's not really taxes but now-confiscated levies assigned specific to their survival.  Not doing business, or cheating on a settled agreement?  It's another case of severe abuse and another statement of ownership by false claim.
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PostSubject: Re: Re: Israel eyes tougher moves after Palestinian tax freeze   Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:53 am

JMSM claims that Palis in most part subsist on int'l subsidies from UN & Saudis to even US contributions. If that's true then Izzies can withhold tax revenues w/o too much int'l criticism.
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