Israel approves the entry of armored vehicles donated to the PA into Judea-Samaria
For the first time after years of refusal, Israel allowed the delivery of ten armored vehicles from Jordan into the Palestinian Authority, after the European Union donated them.
The move comes amid a crisis created by the withholding of tax revenues from the PA over its welfare payments to Muslim terrorists in Israeli prisons and to their families, as well as the families of terrorists eliminated during terror attacks.
In February, chairman Mahmoud Abbas said that the PA had decided to reject all the tax funds Israel collects on its behalf (some NIS 500 million a month), in the wake of Israel’s decision to stop the ‘pay to slay’ funding.
During the last three months, security personnel in the PA have been receiving only half of their salary.
Apparently, Israeli approval of the armored vehicles is meant to soften the resentment within the PA and ensure that security coordination is maintained.
US Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt said in response to the PA’s stance that “every Palestinian has the right to know that they are losing access to quality medical care because the PA decided that it is more important to support terrorists. The PA budgets for assassinations far more than the $8 million it owed to hospitals in east Jerusalem.”