"There will be no peace or stability without the release" of all Palestinian terrorist prisoners who are the "torch illuminating the path" says Fatah
Headline: “The [PA] president welcomed the positive results of the recent national dialogue meetings held in Cairo”
“The Fatah Central Committee held a meeting yesterday evening, Friday [March 19, 2021], led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah…
The Fatah Central Committee saluted our heroic prisoners in the occupation’s prisons and emphasized that there is no peace and no stability without their full release without conditions or restrictions. The committee emphasized that it will not allow the harming of their rights (apparently refers to Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct PA terror salaries -Ed.), regardless of the pressures. It also added that the Martyrs, who are more precious than all of us, will continue to be the torch illuminating the path to building our independent Palestinian state, and that the lives of their families are a red line that we will not agree to have harmed under any circumstances.”
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. During the parliamentary vote, 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] In accordance with the law, as of September 2021 Israel’s Security Cabinet had ordered the freeze of 1.857 billion shekels ($580.15 million) - the sum equivalent to the PA payments to terrorists in 2018, 2019, and 2020.