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Regional Turmoil Prompts Israel To Revamp Political, Military Strategies


Aryeh Eldad

Aryeh Eldad

On Sunday, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Israel’s suspension of transferring the tax revenue has had a “devastating impact” on the Palestinian economy.

A Netanyahu aide told the Israeli daily Haaretz that Israel does not want to bring about the collapse of the Palestinian Authority, which is one reason that the prime minister is considering releasing the funds.

Meanwhile, May 4 has been set as the date for general Palestinian elections in the West Bank and Gaza, according to reports. PA President Mahmoud Abbas announced the date Monday in Vienna.

 

(Supplemental reporting by JTA)
 

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