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UN calls on Israel to resume tax revenue transfer to Palestinians ‘immediately’

UN calls on Israel to resume tax revenue transfer to Palestinians ‘immediately’

The United Nations has urged Israel to resume the transfer of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority, which it withheld in retaliation following the efforts of the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court.

A senior UN official told the UN Security Council that the freeze of about $127 million which was imposed on January 3 was in violation of the Oslo peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians

RT reports: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is concerned that the Israelis and Palestinians are locked into a tit-for-tat exchange of actions and counter actions which are making existing divisions worse and peace impossible to achieve, according to a senior UN official.

The latest downward spiral comes after the Israelis withheld crucial tax revenue from the Palestinians, in retaliation for Palestinian attempts to the join the ICC.

“We call on Israel to immediately resume the transfer of tax revenues. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now entering unchartered territory, which, lamentably, seems to have dashed any immediate hope for a return to peace talks,” UN deputy political affairs chief Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen told the UN Security Council on Thursday, as quoted by Reuters.