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PMW findings on PA salaries to terrorists referenced in article about Israeli salaries law

Lahav Harkov  |
PMW findings on PA salaries to terrorists
referenced in article about Israeli salaries law

Netanyahu To Enact Penalty For Palestinian Pay-For-Slay: Report

The Prime Minister is concerned about stability in the Palestinian Authority after the law, deducting funds paid to terrorists, goes into effect.

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to authorize withholding taxes and tariffs collected for the Palestinian Authority in light of its continued monthly payments to terrorists and their families, for the first time since the Deduction Law was passed last year.

The Deduction Law requires the Defense Ministry to present the Security Cabinet with information about how much the PA paid terrorists in prison or the families of terrorists who were killed, and for the Finance Minister to deduct that amount from the taxes and tariffs Israel collects for the PA.

Netanyahu said he will enact the law, Yisrael Hayom reported, but is concerned that it will destabilize the PA, and is seeking a way to find a balance between the two elements.

The US cut all aid to the Palestinian Authority recently, as a result of their own law making the aid contingent on the PA stopping its payments to terrorists. Despite the significant economic penalties, the PA plans to maintain its current policy. The PLO's Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat said this week that the US policy is "misguided" and will lead hundreds of Palestinians to lose their jobs.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry is working on gathering precise figures for how much the PA paid those who attacked Israelis in 2018, in order for Israel to block funds, as well.

Palestinian Media Watch estimated that the PA spent at least $138 million on terrorist salaries in 2018. Their study is based on publicly available PA budget documents."