´Israel considering freezing PA tax transfers over UN move´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 03/25/12)
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Jerusalem may freeze joint economic ventures with PA after UN
decision to probe settlement effects of West Bank Palestinians;
diplomatic source tells Israel Radio PA cannot act against Israel in
Israel is considering punitive measures against the Palestinian
Authority over a United Nations decision to probe the negative
effects of settlements on West Bank Palestinians, Israel Radio
Part of these measures may include delaying the transfer of tax
revenues to the PA, or freezing joint economic ventures between
Jerusalem and the PA, a diplomatic source told Israel Radio.
Israel wants to send the PA a message that it cannot enjoy Israel´s
cooperation while at the same time "act against in international
bodies," the source said, referring the UN Human Rights Council
approval last week of a plan to send observers to document the effect
Jewish settlements have on Palestinian human rights.
Israel froze tax transfers to Palestinian Authority last year,
following UNESCO´s decision to admit the Palestinian Authority as a
member state in October. While Jerusalem released the funds in
November, the government warned it would freeze them again were the
PA to continue to pursue its bid for statehood at the UN.
On Friday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman accused PA President
Mahmoud Abbas is engaging in “diplomatic terror” against Israel.
Liberman’s comments, in reference to Thursday’s UN Human Right’s
Council decision to dispatch a fact-finding mission to Israel to
probe the settlements’ impact on Palestinian human rights, came
during a meeting with Singapore President Tony Tan in the southeast
Calling the council a “theater of the absurd of hypocrisy and dual
standards,” Liberman said he would convene a meeting of senior
officials in the Foreign Ministry to determine whether Israel should
cut off all ties with the council, and to consider lobbying other
countries – first and foremost the US – to get them to leave the body.
That, however, is not going to be an easy chore, especially judging
from a statement the US State Department issued on Friday about the
council’s activity last week.
While the statement said the US “reaffirmed its strong opposition to
a series of anti- Israel measures that continue unnecessarily to
politicize the council’s human rights agenda,” it added that the
council’s 19th Regular Session helped “spur action on a series of
important human rights situations around the world, in part due to
vigorous US engagement.
“Our persistence in combating the council’s enduring anti-Israel
bias, coupled with our successful efforts to confront human rights
violations around the world, underscores the importance of United
States leadership and engagement at the Human Rights Council and
across the UN system,” the American statement said. Herb Keinon
contributed to this report (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/25/12)
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