US Should End Aid to Israel over Palestinian Taxes


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… by  Mike Harris,   …with  Press TV, Tehran

–  First aired on  …  February 22,  2015 

You can listen to the 2.5 mintue phone interview here.

An American political commentator says the United States should freeze its aid to Israel over Tel Aviv’s decision to withhold tax revenues of the Palestinians.

“The issue with Israel withholding tax revenues from Palestine is quite transparent” because Israel is afraid of “severe repercussions” when their war crimes against the Palestinian people go to the International Criminal Court, said Mike Harris, a financial editor of Veterans Today, .

“Israel is doing everything that they can do to prevent the Palestinian Authority (PA) from” going to The Hague, he told Press TV in a phone interview on Sunday.

The analyst said Washington has lost its standing as an “honest broker” in the Palestinian peace process by allowing Israel to freeze millions of dollars in crucial tax money from the Palestinians.

“If the United States really had a US foreign policy that really wanted to appear as an honest broker to the Palestinian peace process, they would as long as Israel withholds tax money from Palestine, the US should withhold any aid to Israel and see how long Israel can go because fair is fair,” said Harris.

Harris made the remarks while commenting about a latest statement by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who criticized Tel Aviv for continuing to freeze Palestinians’ tax revenues over an attempt by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to join the ICC in a bid to bring war crime charges against the Israeli regime.

In January, Tel Aviv decided to impose economic sanctions against the PA. It froze the transfer of monthly tax revenues and customs payments collected on behalf the PA.

The funds are vital for running the Palestinian Authority and for paying civil servants’ salaries.

Harris went on to say that “Israelis have spend billions of dollars, compromising our government and our institutions and our the department of state,” urging the Americans “to stand up and really take back foreign policy and every other policy from the Israelis and their meddling in the internal affairs of the United States.”

“It’s time that people of the United States realize that the Israelis have acted as a foreign intelligence operative to hijack and subvert and to change the course of actions that benefit the American people,” he added.

Author Details
Mike Harris is the Veteran’s Today Financial Editor and radio show host of Short End of the Stick (Tu & Thur, 7-9 CST). Mr Harris has enjoyed 30+ yrs in the manufacturing, financial, and technology sectors. He’s been core to numerous domestic and international start-ups, acquisitions and mergers, skyrocketing profit margins through a highly co-operative/collaborative team approach. His sharp intellect and a fluid intuition was a significant boon during his 2005/6 run for the Governor of Arizona where he emphasized the need to initiate immediate, practical, working solutions to the issues at hand. From 1995 to 2000 Mr Harris served as a technical advisor to the Committee on Science and Technology of the US Congress, as well as sitting as Chairman of various boards over the years. With an MBA in finance, from a foundation of Applied Physics and Economics, he has proven an exceptional ability to function well-above and beyond “the box”. Dubbed “iron Mike” through his many years as a martial artist, Mr. Harris has clearly demonstrated the resiliency to take blows and to come back fighting. This extraordinary skill-set he now brings to his ultimate Vision for a free, abundant, and prosperous society.
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