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PA PM adamant not to succumb to pressure regarding terrorists' salaries

“Prime Minister of the transitional [PA] government Rami Hamdallah said: ‘We are prepared for all scenarios if Israel cuts the Palestinian tax refund money (refers to potential implementation of an Israeli law deducting terror salaries from taxes Israel collects for the PA –Ed.). We have worked in recent years to organize the expenses, and we have increased the revenue and domestic product in order to deal with a drop of approximately 71% in external aid. We will not agree to receive any financial aid or any political money in exchange for relinquishing our basic national principles.’

Hamdallah said this during his speech at the inauguration of the new [PA] Ministry of Education ‘Jaffa’ building yesterday [Feb. 7, 2019] in Ramallah.”

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]