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New tax incentives for isolated settlements in occupied Palestinian territories

April 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

Israeli government granted on Sunday tax incentives to Israeli settlements in Jordan Valley and Hebron to encourage more investments and encourage settlers to live there.

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Israeli government approved new criteria for granting government assistance to settlements. The government adjusted the tax and promotions that would add 35 isolated settlements in the occupied West Bank to “national priorities map”.

Haaretz said that Finance Minister Yaar Labdi approved the tax incentives, which were accepted by the government in the cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, the newspaper said, opposed the decision and said it would lead to greater settlement and that would encourage international allies to criticise Israel and increase the boycott of the country.