On Tuesday the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, had a telephone interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he urged Tel Aviv to pay the tax owed to the Palestinian Authority, reported press Service of the United Nations.
“The secretary general has urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to immediately resume the transfer of revenues from VAT and customs duties in accordance with the Palestinian legal obligations of Israel,” the statement said.
He said this should be undertaken to create a favorable environment for the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli dialogue.
Israel has decided to freeze the transfer of these funds in response to the admission of the Palestinian Authority to UNESCO.
The UN official also expressed deep concern about the willingness to expand Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem.
In Washington after more than a year and a half of suspension, the Palestinian-Israeli direct talks have run into Israel’s decision not to extend the moratorium on the settlement.