Israel eyes tougher moves after Palestinian tax freeze

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on January 4, 2015Israel was weighing its options Sunday for further punishing the Palestinians after freezing millions in tax revenues as a first response to their bid to join the International Criminal Court. The Palestinian move to join the Hague-based court sets the scene for potential legal action against Israel for war crimes, in a bid to put pressure on it to pull out of the territories. “The Palestinian Authority has chosen to take a path of confrontation with Israel, and we will not sit idly by,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told cabinet ministers on Sunday, vowing to put up a vigorous defence of Israel’s soldiers.

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