Signing of agreements between the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority on the collection of taxes and duties levied by Israel (August 2, 2012)
France welcomes the signing of agreements between the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority whose implementation will make it possible to collect taxes and duties levied by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, thereby increasing its budgetary resources.
At a time when the Palestinian Authority is experiencing a grave financial crisis, this progress is particularly welcome. We hope it will be followed by other trust-building measures to facilitate the economic development of the Palestinian Territories and, beyond that, to revive the dialogue between the parties.
France, which remains particularly concerned by the current situation, notes that this measure alone will not be enough to ensure the Palestinian Authority’s financial viability.
It calls on all international donors to once again mobilize their efforts in support of building the institutions of the future Palestinian state. As for France, in June, following an agreement signed in Paris by President Abbas and the foreign minister, it disbursed an initial payment of 10 million euros for 2012, bringing our budgetary aid to the Palestinian Authority since the 2007 Paris donors’ conference to 105 million euros.