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PA won't intensify response to tax cuts for terror stipends before election
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Mar 15, 2019 6:13 AM 1+ week ago

Palestinian officials told the Kan public broadcaster Thursday that the Palestinian Authority won't intensify its response to Israel's withholding of tens of millions of dollars in tax transfers until at least after the April 9 election.

The decision is believed to be due to the assumption that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has limited political maneuvering space to grant concessions to the Palestinians in the lead-up to the vote.

The officials further stated that security coordination between Israel and the PA will continue as usual until the election.

However, a senior official in Ramallah warned that the PA would consider its steps if the withholding of taxes does not end after the election.

"If there is no solution to the crisis created by the Israeli cutbacks in our tax revenues, we will react after the elections, even if that means during the period where there is a transitional government in Israel," the official said.

Under interim peace deals, Israel collects customs duties ...

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