Fayyad: Palestinian Authority Will Soon Become Completely Incapacitated By Israel
PALESTINE / ISRAEL, 28 November 2011
Reuters – Haaretz
Palestinian PM meets with Norway FM, who says Israel’s withholding of tax funds from PA amounts to ‘waterboarding an economy’; Fayyad: This is our money.
The Palestinian Authority is “fast approaching the point of being completely incapacitated” by Israel’s refusal to hand over tax revenues belonging to the authority, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Thursday [24 Nov 2011].
Israel’s freeze on the taxes and fees it collects for the Palestinian Authority at borders has deprived the government of two-thirds of its normal revenue since Nov. 1, making it hard to pay salaries and fix infrastructure, Fayyad said.
“This is our money,” he said. “It has nothing to do with donor assistance or anything like that.”
He spoke at a press conference alongside Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, who demanded an end to the policy that Israel imposed a day after the UN cultural agency UNESCO granted full membership to the Palestinians.
“It amounts to waterboarding an economy,” Stoere said, “because you almost kill it while allowing a small amount of air to come in.”
Israel has called the withholding of funds temporary and complained the Palestinians were unwilling to open direct peace talks, while Palestinian leaders have said they would talk only if Israel halts settlement activity in areas it occupies.
Fayyad said the frozen funds amount to some $100 million per month, or two-thirds of the Palestinian Authority’s revenue stream excluding international aid.
He spoke shortly after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in Cairo with Khaled Meshaal, exiled leader of the radical Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip.
Fayyad reiterated that he was willing to step down if it would help heal divisions between the rival factions and pave the way for presidential and parliamentary elections. Hamas has rejected him as head of a joint government.
Norway chairs a committee of aid donors to the Palestinian Authority, including the United States, Israel and the European Union.
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