Will Israel Cut Palestinian Budget for Terror Payouts?

(Al-Monitor) Shlomi Eldar - On Jan. 9, the Israeli Defense Ministry published the total cash stipends in 2017 that the Palestinian Authority dispensed to the families of Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israel and to the families of Palestinian assailants either wounded or killed in the course of terror acts against Israel. The Knesset is considering a proposal to deduct the amount the PA gives to terrorists and their families from the funds that the PA receives from Israel. It is similar to the Taylor Force Act being considered in the U.S. Congress. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the terror "price list" proves that the PA encourages terror attacks and clearly rewards the perpetrators on a sliding scale based on the severity of the attack. "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 funding terror attacks against Israelis." Hakim and Amjad Awad murdered five members of the Fogel family in their home in Itamar in 2011 - Ehud and Ruth Fogel, along with three of their children, Yoav, 10, Elad, 4, and Hadas, a three-month-old baby. The Awad family receives 10,000 shekels ($2,900) every month, according to the Defense Ministry.

2018-01-12 00:00:00

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