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Israel and Palestine

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel since the vote to admit Palestine to UNESCO concerning the withholding of taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The Foreign Secretary, my right honourable friend, the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) called on Israel to reverse its decision to withhold tax revenues on 3 November. In his Statement to Parliament on 9 November, he again condemned this decision, highlighting that it is provocative and against Israel's own interests, since it has direct implications for the Palestinian Authority's ability to maintain effective security in the West Bank.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my honourable friend Mr Burt has outlined our concerns to Danny Ayalon, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, on the 23 November.

Our embassy in Tel Aviv has also made representations to the Government of Israel to release the funds.

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Avril Wooster
Posted on 30 Nov 2011 11:27 pm (Report this annotation)

What is the reply to this from Israel?