Palestinian PM denounces Israel withholding additional tax revenues

RAMALLAH, The West Bank, Palestine’s Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Monday that Israel’s withholding additional amounts of Palestinian tax revenues will result in “an appropriate reaction.” “Implementing new deductions from Palestinian tax revenues … under the pretext of paying the families of the prisoners and martyrs will result in an appropriate reaction from all of us,” Palestinian news agency WAFA quoted Shtayyeh as saying at a weekly meeting of the Palestinian government.

“It is clear that Israel does not want us to rise, but despite the renewed crisis, we will remain in the same capacity, activity and efficiency in managing public money,” Shtayyeh added.

He pointed out that the new deduction brings back again the crisis that the government tried to overcome wisely in managing public money, where economic indicators came against all expectations.

On the recent Israeli escalation regarding settlement expansion, Shtayyeh said, “Israel is escalating against our people, our land and our money, and by announcing the construction of 2000 new settlement units in the West Bank and the start of the gradual annexation of settlement lands that are our land, and which Israel has seized, fall into the category of war crimes for which international law is accountable.” The Israeli cabinet on security affairs approved yesterday a report submitted by the Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennet to deduct 150 million shekels (USD 43 million) from Palestinian tax revenues, on the grounds that the Palestinian Authority paid it to the families of the martyrs and the wounded.

According to the Israeli law passed by the Knesset in July 2018, Israel will start withholding the amount next year.

Source: Kuwait News Agency