Israel yesterday blocked the transfer of 106 million euros in taxes collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, in protest to the demand of the Palestinian Authority accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC), said an Israeli official. This was the first Israeli retaliation against the Palestinian demand to the United Nations, also criticized by the United States.
The Israeli punishment is “a war crime,” said the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erakat.
The Palestinians “will not go back before the ISRALIES pressures,” he concluded.
Leaving the Palestinian Authority without tax revenues would represent a serious threat.