Israel Moves to Block P.A. Terror Salaries

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The Israeli Knesset overwhelmingly passed a bill that would deduct the funds paid to Palestinian terrorists from the taxes and duties Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

The Times of Israel reported that both the opposition and the ruling coalition approved the bill, which will now move to the next stage toward passage.

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan stated in support of the bill, "It cannot be that with one hand, they seek to make peace with Israel, while they continue to fund terrorists with the other."

Arab MK Youssef Jabareen inadvertently admitted the extent of Palestinian involvement in terrorism in a speech denouncing the bill, calling it "collective punishment against the entire Palestinian population. There are nearly no families that don’t have a relative that is a political security prisoner."

The Times reports that

The Middle East Media Research Institute estimates that the allowances range from $364 (NIS 1,500) a month for a term of up to three years, to $3,120 (NIS 13,000) for a term of 30 years and more. There is also a monthly $78 supplement for terrorists from Jerusalem and a $130 supplement for Arab Israeli terrorists.

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