The Palestinian Authority has increased its budget for terrorists and their families from $347 million to £403 million. This means that terrorists imprisoned in Israel receive about $580 per month, while the families of the terrorists who committed more severe crimes and killed Israelis can receive five times that for the rest of their lives.
Members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee want to prevent further financial allocation from Israel to the Palestinians until they stop funding terrorism.
A bill proposed by Avi Dichter and Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern requires the government to deduct the amount the PA paid to terrorists and their families from the taxes and tariffs Israel collects for the PA. The proposal was inspired by the Taylor Force Act, a US bill named after an American victim of Palestinian terrorism, which would cut all US aid to the PA until the terrorist payments are stopped.
Dichter pointed out that PA President Mahmoud Abbas authorized the 2018 PA budget on Sunday, and that there is a PA law that says 7% of each budget must go to paying terrorists, or to their families, if they’re killed in the act.
The increase “means that the PA will employ more terrorists as PA workers,” Dichter said.
According to Stern, “Palestinians have said when they were interrogated that they continued terrorism in order to go to jail and get more money.
The bill was successful passing 52-10.
The Palestinian leader has made its stance clear in the past, “Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary (rawatib) of a Martyr (Shahid) or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people, including the prisoners, the Martyrs, the injured, the expelled, and the uprooted,” said Abbas.