Abbas threatens to cut PA security ties with Israel over withheld tax revenues

Published February 22nd, 2015 - 03:48 GMT
Israel has withheld tax revenues for the PA since it joined the International Criminal Court last month. (AFP/File)
Israel has withheld tax revenues for the PA since it joined the International Criminal Court last month. (AFP/File)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will stop security coordination with Israel if it continues to withhold the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, the Associated Press has reported.

Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official, said that Abbas warned European leaders that Palestinian officials would discuss the matter in a council meeting next week.

Israel has withheld tax revenues from the Palestinians since they joined the International Criminal Court last month. 

He has urged the United States to pressure Israel into handing over the revenues.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry warned about a potential collapse of the Palestinian Authority if it did not receive its tax revenues from Israel from a second month running.

Kerry also warned that the consequences of Israel’s withholding of the tax revenues could affect the entire region.

The US has previously raised concerns with Israel about the freezing of more than $100 million in tax revenues collected on behalf of the PA.

 


© 2000 - 2021 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

You may also like