Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reiterated his refusal to accept the money Israel gives monthly to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the amount “is not complete”.
Abbas’s threats come in response to Israel’s decision two months ago to deduct from Palestinian taxes the annual amount the Palestinian Authority pays to terrorists and their families for carrying out terrorist attacks.
Israel collects taxes from her citizens to be given to the Palestinians for economic purposes. The ‘terrorist money’ that would be deducted is roughly 10 million Euros per month. Since the law passed in February, the PA has not taken any money from Israel in protest of this new law. Given the lack of funds, the PA cut has drastically cut down funding for essential public services, and all government officials will only receive 60% of their salary this month.
The PA’s General Authority for Civil Affairs, Hussein al-Sheikh met two days ago to discuss the matter with Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.
Al-Sheikh discussed with Kahlon the financial crisis that the Palestinian Government, but stayed steadfast by saying that ”we will still not accept the money if the amount remains incomplete,” the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called an emergency meeting to discuss the ramifications of Abbas’s decision.