Israel Considers Proposal to Repay Taxes to PA
Friday, 5 July, 2019 - 10:15
Tel Aviv- Asharq Al Awsat
Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Palestinian Finance Minister
Shokri Bshara have discussed in their meeting, last week, a plan regarding
the monthly salaries of families of martyrs and captives, sources in Tel
Aviv and Ramallah revealed Thursday.
The proposal states that Israel would retreat from its decision to deduct
the value of the salaries amounting to 200 million shekels (USD65m) of the
taxes and customs' funds. However, it dictates that Israel would continue to
take these salaries but returns them to the Palestinian Authority (PA)
through exempting it from paying the customs of fuel bought by it from
Kahlon has promised to consider the suggestion with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and so did the Palestinian minister.
The news was leaked to media on Thursday to test the public's reaction.
A high-rank official in the Israeli government said that this development
came to prevent the economic collapse of the PA.
Brig. Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser, director of JCPA’s Project on Regional Middle
East Developments and former head of the Israeli Forces Military
Intelligence Research Division, said that Israel backing off its stance is
strategic wrongdoing and the warning of the Authority’s collapse is
The Authority is financially capable, and the proof is that it increased its
payments to the captives and martyrs’ families by 11 percent since the
beginning of the year.
Kuperwasser noted that researches show that the Palestinian president is
trying to the intimidate the Western countries and Israel.