Israel to Stop Collecting Taxes for PA If It Seeks UN Statehood


abbas1“If the Palestinians continue to advance their unilateral move [at the UN], they should not expect bilateral cooperation. We will not collect their taxes for them and we will not transfer their tax revenues,” Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Shabbos. “It cannot be that they hit us unilaterally and then expect bilateral cooperation with us on economic matters.”

Interim peace deals task Israel with collecting taxes and customs duties on the Palestinian Authority’s behalf amounting to around $100 million a month on goods imported into the Palestinian territories.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. Bad move. What if they say, “Too bad, we’ll collect our own taxes. We’re a sovereign nation, and the UN will say so.” Another move toward unilateral statehood, courtesy of our own finance minister.