19 February 2006

How to De-Stabilize a Fragile Relationship and Weaken Security:

Israel Freezes Palestinian Payments
By Scott Wilson
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, February 19, 2006; 4:30 PM
JERUSALEM, Feb. 19 -- The Israeli cabinet agreed Sunday to freeze monthly tax and customs payments to the Palestinian Authority a day after the radical Islamic group Hamas took control of parliament, drawing dire warnings from Palestinian officials who said the government will likely not be able to pay salaries to thousands of employees at the end of the month.

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