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EU criticizes Israel, Palestinians for moves that have raised tensions

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a ceremony of "Jerusalem In Memory"?? after the meeting with Secretary General of The Organization of The Islamic Conference Iyad Amin Madani, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a ceremony of "Jerusalem In Memory"?? after the meeting with Secretary General of The Organization of The Islamic Conference Iyad Amin Madani, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union foreign policy chief is chiding both Israel and the Palestinians for raising tensions against one another with provocative actions.

Federica Mogherini on Tuesday said steps by both sides "could aggravate the already tense situation."

She singled out Israel's decision to withhold tens of millions in tax revenues from the Palestinians, saying it "runs counter to Israel's obligations," and puts EU initiatives to benefit the Palestinians at risk.

The EU criticism came in the wake of similar warnings from the Obama administration on Monday.