Israel rejects Palestinian Authority statehood despite UN resolution Matthew Pomy at 12:15 PM ET
[JURIST] The Israeli government on Sunday unanimously rejected the recent UN General Assembly [official website] resolution [text] upgrading Palestine's UN status to non-member observer state. In response to the UN action Israel passed its own domestic resolution that rejects the General Assembly's decision entirely [Jerusalem Post report] and claims it has no effect on Israeli citizen's rights to disputed territory. The Israeli resolution also states that Israel will not allow the UN resolution to affect future negotiations and peace talks. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz further announced [Al Jazeera report] that the Israeli government will not transfer taxes collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the PA, and will instead use those revenues to off-set the debt of Palestinian companies for electrical usage. The funds are customs duties levied on Palestinian goods that come through Israeli ports, amounting to tens of millions of dollars transferred to the PA every month. The amount of taxes currently being withheld by Isreal is estimated to be $120 million.
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