Saturday, May 30
Latest News
  1. Sources: Vice president of Burundi election commission flees country
  2. Kerry, Zarif launch key nuclear talks in Geneva
  3. Yemen's Saleh says Saudi offered him 'millions' to fight Houthis
  4. Silk Road mastermind sentenced to life in prison
  5. Officials: at least 19 killed in Pakistan as gunmen attack bus
  6. Obama urges Congress to stop security measures lapsing
  7. Turkish daily accuses government of sending arms to Syrian rebels
  8. Coastguard: more than 3,300 migrants rescued in Med Friday, 17 dead
  9. US demands immediate halt to South China Sea reclamations
  10. IS bombs second Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 3
  11. Foreign fighters switching tactics to reach Syria, Iraq
  12. Monitor: Christian beheads Sunni militant in Syria revenge killing
  13. Tripoli govt : IS seizes control of airport in Libya's Sirte
  14. Yemen's Saleh says Saudi offered him 'millions' to fight Houthis
  15. Netanyahu delight as Palestine withdraw bid to oust Israel from FIFA
  16. IS bombs second Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 3
  17. FIFA congress reconvenes after bomb threat
  18. Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as president of Nigeria
  19. Witnesses: blast outside Saudi Shiite mosque during prayers
  20. Iranian opposition: Iran, N. Korea 'collaborate' on nuclear arms

PA official: Israel continues to withhold tax revenue

Feb. 12, 2013 6:47 P.M. (Updated: March 2, 2013 10:14 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) – Israel is still withholding Palestinian tax revenue breaching the 2004 Paris agreement, an official in the Palestinian Ministry of Finance said Tuesday.

Spokesman Rami Mahdawi told Ma'an that the ongoing breach "confirms that Israel is going on with its piracy on Palestinian money."

He referred to recent remarks by Israel's Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz related to tax revenue Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian government. "These remarks clearly prove that the Palestinian government is facing a severe financial crisis rendering the government unable to pay civil servants’ salaries and to pay back debts."

Mahdawi urged Palestinian trade unions to back the government and stop the ongoing rounds of strikes highlighting that strikes only harm public interests and add more burdens.

Steinitz told Channel 1 TV Monday that the motives behind Israel’s decision to withhold tax money still remained. The main reasons for withholding tax money, he explained, were the PA attempts to establish partnership with Hamas, and the declarations by Palestinian leaders about their intentions to sue Israeli officials in the International Criminal Court.

If the Palestinian president abandons these paths, all options will be open for us to resume cooperation with the PA which we seek to maintain rather than destroy, added Steinitz.

Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015