Breaking: Ayalon tells Israel Radio that 'human rights council' 'fact-finding mission' won't be allowed inDeputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Israel Radio on Sunday morning that Israel will not cooperate with the United Nations 'human rights council's 'fact-finding mission' and will not allow its members to enter the country.
Israel Radio also reported on Sunday that a cabinet meeting on Sunday will consider punitive measures against the 'Palestinian Authority' for applying to the UN for the 'fact-finding' mission.
Part of these measures may include delaying the transfer of tax revenues to the PA, or freezing joint economic ventures between Jerusalem and the PA, a diplomatic source told Israel Radio.Israel is also considering cutting all ties with the 'human rights council.'
Israel wants to send the PA a message that it cannot enjoy Israel's cooperation while at the same time "act against it in international bodies," the source said, referring the UN Human Rights Council approval last week of a plan to send observers to document the effect Jewish settlements have on Palestinian human rights.
Eight senior cabinet ministers will convene Sunday to discuss possible sanctions on the PA.
Israel froze tax transfers to Palestinian Authority last year, following UNESCO's decision to admit the Palestinian Authority as a member state in October. While Jerusalem released the funds in November, the government warned it would freeze them again were the PA to continue to pursue statehood unilaterally at the UN.