World View: Israel Withholds Tax Revenues from the Palestinian Authority
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- High police support for Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party
- Failure of America's global anti-nuclear policies
- Israel withholds tax revenues from the Palestinian Authority
High police support for Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party
The Golden Dawn symbol appears on a flag held by a party member (Reuters)
Several months ago, a Greek newspaper reported that polling stations
in Athens that had a high percentage of police officers voting tended
to have extremely high votes for the far-right Golden Dawn party.
("Far right" has a different meaning in Europe than in America.)
Al-Jazeera did a follow-up analysis and largely confirmed the claim
that Athens policemen were voting disproportionately for Golden Dawn.
This finding supports the claim that Athens police are doing nothing
to stop Golden Dawn's neo-Nazi violence tactics against immigrants,
including legal immigrants. To Vima (Athens) and Al-Jazeera
Failure of America's global anti-nuclear policies
For decades, America has pursued global antinuclear policies. No
policy in American history -- not the Monroe Doctrine, not liberal
internationalism, not containment -- has had more widespread,
bipartisan support in domestic politics, or more energetic backing.
Nonetheless, the policy failed, and today nine countries (India,
Pakistan, China, North Korea, Israel, France, Britain, U.S., Russia)
have nuclear weapons. Eight have modernized their nuclear arsenals,
with weapons of longer range and with a diverse menu of delivery means
and warhead types. The one exception is the United States. Foreign Policy Research Institute (PDF)
Israel withholds tax revenues from the Palestinian Authority
Jewish settlements in West Bank near Jerusalem (Reuters)
Israel is receiving worldwide criticism after announcing on Sunday
that it would withhold more than $100 million in tax revenue from
the Palestinian Authority (PA). This is PA money that Israel
collects at border crossings on behalf of the PA and normally pays
to the PA each month.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday said that the move is a
response to the successful application of the Palestinian Authority to
the United Nations General Assembly to create a state of Palestine
with non-member observer status. According to Steinitz:
"I have no intention of transferring the taxes due to
the Palestinian Authority this month. They will be used to pay the
Palestinian Authority's debts to the Israel Electric Corporation.
[The United Nations resolution] is a Palestinian provocation and
an attempt to advance their state without recognizing Israel. We
said this wouldn’t pass quietly."
The Palestinians owe Israel's electric company over $200 million, and
the company has threatened to cut off the PA's electricity.
Sunday's action comes a day after Israel announced plans to build 3,000
new settlement homes in the West Bank. Israel's prime minister
Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday:
"The response to the attack on Zionism and the State
of Israel must reinforce the colony plan in all areas the
Today we are building and we will continue to build in Jerusalem
and in all areas that are on the map of the strategic interests of
the State of Israel."
The new proposed settlements are in the "E-1 area," and would be a
five-square-mile project that would largely cut off the West Bank from
Arab neighborhoods, substantially complicating the "peace process"
talks, which have been dead for years anyway. AFP and LA Times
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