Israeli ministries propose toll on Palestinian goods to plug budget deficit
The Defense and Finance Ministries proposed making Palestinians pay more for importing and exporting goods; opponents say move violates international treaties Israel signed.
During the marathon budget talks this week, the Defense Ministry and the Finance Ministry made a creative suggestion for covering Israel's deficit: a new toll for Palestinian merchandise at Israeli border crossings. The proposal was scrapped only after intervention by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror.
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