Daily Press Briefing
April 11, 2014
- MIDDLE EAST PEACE
- Ambassador Indyk's Schedule
- Tax Revenue Transfers to Palestinian Authority
QUESTION: Peace process?
MS. PSAKI: Sure.
QUESTION: Any update on the negotiations between the two parties? Any agreement has been achieved or —
MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any update. I mentioned yesterday that Ambassador Indyk is returning. He is returning today. I understand he’ll be back in the United States later this evening. I don’t have any travel updates for you, so we’ll continue that discussion next week.
QUESTION: How about the Israeli decision to suspend the transfer of tax revenue to the PA? Anything on that?
MS. PSAKI: Well, we’ve seen these press reports, but we have not seen an official public announcement by the Government of Israel, so it’s – we’re not in a position to confirm either the specifics or the details that have been reported. That said, we would regard such a development as unfortunate. We believe that the regular transfer of the Palestinian Authority’s tax revenues and economic cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has been beneficial and is important to the well-being of the Palestinian economy.
QUESTION: Do you regard the transfer of money as something that the Israelis are obligated to do under Oslo or post-Oslo, any post-Oslo agreements, or is this kind of a privilege that the Israelis can suspend or put back into place kind of at will?
MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm. It’s a good technical question, Matt. I’m not sure what our team views it as, whether it’s obligation or just something we think is useful and unhelpful to stop. So let me talk to them and see if we can clarify that further.
QUESTION: Well, I mean, it’s more than just useful. They can’t – they can barely pay their salaries of their people as it is, so —
MS. PSAKI: Right. As I said, it would be unfortunate if that were – if those reports are true.
QUESTION: Do you think there’d be any – if this is the case, would there be any move, do you think, within the U.S., to fill in the gap or – even temporarily and then – financially, I mean.
MS. PSAKI: I’m not aware of a discussion of that.
(The briefing was concluded at 1:36 p.m.)