The Palestinian Authority (PA) is a charity case for both the United States and Israel, as both annually gave it money for aid to the people living under its auspices for years. However, those days may be coming to an end as both the U.S. and now Israel are putting forth legislation to turn off the spigot in light of the PA paying performance bonuses to terrorists based on how many innocent Jews they kill.
The U.S. has already passed a bill on Friday known as the “Taylor Force Act” against Palestinian Authority, which stops all payments to the PA so long as those payments go to terrorists. Trump had lashed out at the PA for its unwillingness to work toward peace with Israel, and as a result, had its funding removed.
This may come as a great relief to taxpayers, whose money was being used to pay terrorists such as Omar al-Abed who ritualistically slaughtered members of a Jewish family in their home as they prepared for dinner to celebrate the birth of a child. Al-Abed managed to kill three members of the family until he was shot, but taken alive by Israeli authorities. He’ll be paid over $3,000 for the rest of his life thanks to the PA, as well as a ministry position within the government when he gets out of jail in 30 years.
Now Israel is piling on the punishment according to the Times of Israel:
The Defense Ministry on Tuesday publicized a draft bill that would deduct welfare payments paid out by the Palestinian Authority to Palestinian prisoners and their families from the tax revenues Israel transfers annually to the PA.
“The Palestinian Authority pays over a billion shekels a year to terrorists and their relatives, thereby encouraging and perpetuating terrorism,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a statement. “The moment the payments are set based on the severity of the crime and the prison sentence, namely that those who murder and are sentenced to life receive a lot more, this is [tantamount to] funding terror attacks against Israelis.”
According to the Jerusalem Post, the bill was inspired by the U.S.’s “Taylor Force Act,” and will deduct money from Israeli payments to the PA based on how much money was paid to terrorists the previous year:
Each year, the defense minister will bring the Ministerial Committee for National Security a report on how much the PA paid terrorists, directly or indirectly. The report will be classified, but the defense minister will be allowed to publicize a summary consisting of non-classified information from the report.
The ministers will then decide whether or not to deduct the amount paid to terrorists from the taxes and tariffs collected by the Israeli government for the PA. They can decide to deduct a smaller sum than what the PA had paid the terrorists.
The ministers can also decide not to deduct the funds, “for special reasons of national security and international relations.”
However, some within Israel believe the bill doesn’t go far enough. Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter (Likud) believes that payments should stop completely.
“If the Palestinian Authority has budgetary problems, it shouldn’t be the State of Israel’s problem,” Dichter said. “Government ministries have to take into consideration this situation: A terrorist’s entry card to become a [PA] state employee is to commit an act of terrorism.
“It’s not amorphous. It’s precisely defined. Seven percent of the money we transfer to the PA goes to terrorists. We cannot let this be,” he added.
(h/t: Daily Wire)