Trucks carrying NIS 175m. cross to Gaza
Feb. 6, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
Trucks carrying NIS 175 million in cash crossed the border into Gaza on Friday
The funds were transferred after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to transfer
the sum following a request made by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam
Fayad and under US pressure. Both Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni opposed the move.
The funds were tax monies collected by Israel on the behalf of the Palestinian
Authority. The funds are intended to be used to pay the salaries of municipal
employees loyal to Fatah.
The Supreme Court rejected a petition by the right wing Legal Forum for the
Land of Israel. The forum demanded an injunction to determine whether it was
legal to transfer the funds in the knowledge they might end up in the hands of
Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein said he decided not to issue the
injunction delaying the trucks from crossing "not without deliberation" that it
was indeed necessary.
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