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PA PM: Dispute with Israel over terror salaries will lead to weakening of security forces

Headline: "Shtayyeh: Trump's economic path is detached from reality"

"[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh… said to Reuters yesterday [June 27, 2019]… that the tax dispute with Israel (i.e., referring to Israel's Anti "Pay-for-Slay" Law to deduct terror salaries; see note below) has caused a worsening of the current financial crisis.

He said that the deficit was one of the reasons that forced the PA to give the public employees [only] half of their salaries. He warned that this situation is liable to lead to the weakening of the [PA] Security Forces soon. Shtayyeh wondered: 'Will we be able to continue in this condition? I am not sure. If the policemen do not have gas in their cars, they will not be able to maintain law and order in the streets, and herein lies the problem.'"

Israel's Anti "Pay-for-Slay" Law - Israeli law stating that the PA payments to terrorists and the families of dead terrorists is a financial incentive to terror. The law instructs the state to deduct and freeze the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA. Should the PA stop these payments for a full year, the Israeli government would have the option of giving all or part of the frozen money to the PA. The law was enacted by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018, and its first implementation was approved by Israel's Security Cabinet on Feb. 17, 2019, when it decided to withhold 502,697,000 Israeli shekels (approximately $138 million) from the PA. In response, the PA announced it would not accept any of the tax money collected by Israel unless it also included the frozen amount. During the initial parliamentary vote in 2018, the law's sponsor Avi Dichter said: “The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee received much help in its deliberations... from Palestinian Media Watch who provided us with authentic data that enabled productive and professional deliberations, nuances that are very difficult to achieve without precise data.” [Israeli Parliament website, July 2, 2018]