Finance Minister Steinitz says won't transfer tax payments to Palestinians in response to UN bid. 'I'll use the money to offset their debt to the Electric Corp,' he states. PM Netanyahu: We'll continue building in Jerusalem
Israeli government continues to punish Palestinians over UN bid: Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz stated Sunday morning that he would not transfer the tax payments collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority this month.Why in this world should Israel collect and distribute tax money for the Palestinian Authority?
The move followed the approval of 3,000 new housing units beyond the Green Line and the furthering of planning procedures in the area connecting Jerusalem and the town of Ma'aleh Adumim that could prevent the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state...
Netanyahu clarified that Israel will "continue to build in Jerusalem and in all the places of the State of Israel's map of strategic interests. The PA's unilateral move at the UN is a blatant violation of agreements, and therefore the Israeli government rejects the General Assembly resolution.
"I would like to clarify once again – there will be no Palestinian state without an agreement guaranteeing the security of Israel's citizen, there will be no Palestinian state before the State of Israel is recognized as the Jewish people's state, and there will be no Palestinian state before the Palestinians declare the end of the conflict."
By the way, whatever else this most recent UN bid may be about, it certainly has nothing whatsoever to do with establishing a Palestinian state in peace next to the Jewish one. What it's really about is lawfare and the effort to delegitimize Israel.
Furthermore, it is not about anything resembling social justice or human rights. If social justice was involved the UN might have condemned the shooting of hundreds and hundreds of rockets into to southern Israel throughout all of this year by the Palestinians, culminating in the truly horrendous rocket barrage in the middle of last month just prior to Israel's response and the Obama administration's interference for the purpose of protecting Hamas.
This leads me to observe that the member states of the United Nations, with a few notable exceptions, do not consider violence against Jews to actually count as violence.
In any case, Israel owes the Palestinians absolutely nothing and nothing is what they should get from her.