Trucks carrying NIS 175m. cross to Gaza

Feb. 6, 2009 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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