From the Inter Press Service:
Israel had repeatedly warned the PA that if it continued to support Goldstone’s report it would withdraw permission for a second cellular telephone company to be established in the West Bank, an issue of critical economic importance to the PA leadership and to the civilian infrastructure of the West Bank.
Shalom Kital, an aide to Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak, said that Israel would not release a share of the radio frequency it had promised the PA unless the latter dropped its efforts to put Israeli soldiers and officers in the dock over the Gaza attacks.
“It’s a condition. We are saying to the Palestinians that if you want a normal life and are trying to embark on a new way, you must stop your incitement,” said Kital.
“We are helping the Palestinian economy but one thing we ask them is to stop with these embarrassing charges,” Kital added, referring to the UN war crime charges.
The Ramallah-based company, Wataniya, has lots of capital, a full staff, and expensive advertisements (a large red banner spanned the stage at the recent Oktoberfest in Taybeh). It was murmured in Ramallah last weekend that the delay on the Goldstone report was in exchange for cell phone frequencies, not a settlement freeze. More than the murmur, that was the truth?