JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Israel suspended on Sunday a go that eased the Palestinian overseas minister’s journey in and across the occupied West Financial institution, as a part of its response to Palestinian efforts to contain the Worldwide Court docket of Justice (ICJ) within the battle.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing safety cupboard on Friday introduced a series of steps, which additionally included utilizing Palestinian cash to compensate victims of Palestinian militant assaults and imposing a moratorium on Palestinian development in some areas of the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution.
Israel collects tax cash on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli border workers confiscated Overseas Minister Riyad al-Maliki’s “VIP” journey card as he crossed from Jordan into the occupied West Financial institution, his workplace mentioned.
A spokesperson for Israel’s Defence Ministry, which administers the West Financial institution, confirmed the transfer, calling it a part of the implementation of Friday’s authorities determination.
In televised remarks to the Israeli cupboard on Sunday, Netanyahu mentioned the choice entailed, amongst different measures, “sanctions towards senior Palestinian figures”.
“The Palestinian Authority has promoted an extremist anti-Israeli decision on the United Nations,” Netanyahu mentioned.
The U.N. Basic Meeting, responding to an enchantment by the Palestinians, on Dec. 30 asked the ICJ for an opinion on the authorized penalties of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
On Saturday, Israel’s Defence Ministry mentioned the VIP playing cards of three different senior Palestinian officers had been revoked in response to them visiting a member of Israel’s Arab minority who had been imprisoned for killing an Israeli soldier.
Issued beneath interim accords with Israel from the Nineties, the playing cards ease journey throughout the Israeli-controlled West Financial institution border with Jordan and from Palestinian-ruled territory into Israel.
“The overseas minister will proceed his job and his diplomatic actions with or with out the cardboard,” Ahmed Al-Deek, an aide to Maliki, advised Reuters.
Israel had confiscated Maliki’s VIP card in 2021 after he returned from a gathering of the Worldwide Legal Court docket. It was not instantly clear when and why the cardboard had been restored.
Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, throughout a briefing with reporters, mentioned he authorized the distribution of roughly 139 million shekels ($40 million) of frozen Palestinian funds to victims of Palestinian assaults.
“There isn’t any justice higher than deducting cash from the (Palestinian) Authority that labored to assist terrorism and transferring it to the households of victims of terrorism,” he mentioned.
Palestinian officers have condemned the Israeli measures and mentioned they are going to proceed making an attempt to achieve assist overseas.
($1 = 3.5028 shekels)
Reporting by Ali Sawafta, Nidal al-Mughrabi, Emily Rose; writing by Dan Williams; Modifying by Elaine Hardcastle, Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Barbara Lewis
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