|Lunch with my cousin last Nov.|
From this article in Ha’aretz:
By Barak Ravid | Jan. 5, 2015
President Reuven Rivlin on Monday slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his decision to freeze the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, telling a closed meeting of more than 30 Israeli envoys to Europe that the move was damaging to Israel.
. . . Rivlin emphasized that the Palestinian efforts [to join the International Criminal Court] were in violation of the Oslo Accords and that the Israeli government must respond, but with careful considerations that would aid Israel’s interests – and not harm them.
“Freezing the transfer of Palestinian tax funds does not benefit us and does not benefit them,” Rivlin told the ambassadors. “Using these funds, the Palestinians sustain themselves and [keep] the Palestinian Authority functioning. Israel’s interest is a functioning PA.” . . .