Israel’s Deficit Cure: New Taxes on Occupied Palestinians

Israel’s Deficit Cure: New Taxes on Occupied Palestinians | Scheme would violate existing treaties, notes foreign ministry

Ongoing budget talks in Israel have begun to coalesce around a scheme to unilaterally amend the Oslo Accords with a provision allowing the Israeli Defense Ministry to impose “tolls” on Palestinians in the occupied territories for allowing them to import and export goods.

The tolls would be justified, according to officials, because of the intense “inspection” process Israel puts anything that enters the occupied West Bank through. That this service isn’t requested nor desired by the Palestinian Authority appears to be irrelevant.

And while the Foreign Ministry did point out that the action would explicitly violated existing treaties Israel has signed, that isn’t the same thing as them opposing a plan to seize an estimated $80 million annually from the impoverished Palestinians.

Indeed, the scheme saw opposition primarily from Tzipi Livni, who argued that the unilateral move would hurt Israel diplomatically and damage US efforts to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.

That may be an understatement, as if Israel does come to rely on extorting money out of the Palestinians to solve its budgetary woes it will add a financial incentive to continue the occupation, particularly for the Defense Ministry that will be collecting the “tolls.”

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  • mojo

    As Saudis and others oil production is over priced by the Wall Street commodity manipulators and USA government keeping a blind eyes on the issue.., it means that people pays for the costs keeping the vulture capitalism practice in thievery.., in Israel the government practicing an Apartheid-Slavery method practiced by Dutch immigrants in South Africa.., yet Israel is safeguarded by vulture capitalism.., that tells me the both system are thieves and people are slaved.

  • Augustbrhm

    Can it get any worse for the Palestinians whilst the great satan urges more.

  • Empiricon

    "…For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury…"

    Don't worry, I'm sure the Tea Party will come to thier rescue!

  • Roger Lafontaine

    Can rape be far behind as the next 'special privilege' that Israel claims over the Palestinians ?

  • richard vajs

    Why don't the Israelis just keep the taxes that they collect "on behalf " of the Palestinians? —–Oh! they already pull that sh-t.
    Israel – otherwise known as the Mummser Republic. If they are the "chosen people", God must be some kind of a celestial assh–e.

  • This is so wrong! I wouldn't blame anyone for starting a conflict because of this. You can't just extort people like that. You can't abuse your power….but that how they got there in the first place so…