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    US criticizes Israel for freezing tax transfers to Palestinians


    by PressTV

    The US has criticized its staunch ally’s decision to freeze tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says Washington regards such a move by Israel as unfortunate. She insisted that economic cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is important to the well-being of the Palestinian economy. Israel announced on Thursday that it would significantly cut the tax funds allocated to the P-A in retaliation for the Palestinians’ bid to join several international treaties. Earlier, Tel Aviv failed to release Palestinian prisoners as promised and moved forward with more settlement construction.