The PA rewards with one hand, condemns with the other
The two Palestinian terrorists who brutally murdered Israelis Ben Yiftah, Yonatan Habakuk, and Boaz Gol on May 5, were arrested today. This means that the Palestinian Authority will now adopt the murderers as PA employees and start paying them a monthly salary. Assuming they live till 80 years old, over their lifetimes, the PA will pay them no less than 6,530,400 shekels ($1,919,909 / €1,820,074), simply as a reward for murdering Jews and being arrested by Israel.
The salaries the PA will pay the terrorists, aged 19 and 20, will start at 1,400 shekels ($450)/month and will increase with time spent in prison to 12,000 shekels (3,859) /month.
While the PA continues to incentivize and reward terrorists, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued another one of his mealy-mouthed condemnations “of the killing of Israeli civilians” following the murders on Thursday.
Incapable of simply condemning the brutal murder of Israelis, Abbas repeated his “warnings” about Israeli/Jewish “settlers” using the Palestinian attack to carry out revenge attacks against Palestinians. Almost justifying the murders of the Israelis, Abbas then condemned what he referred to as the “ongoing attacks against our people and its Islamic and Christian holy sites,” which he argued have created an atmosphere of tension and instability”:
“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his condemnation of the killing of Israeli civilians two evenings ago [May 5, 2022] (refers to terrorists As’ad Al-Rifai and Subhi Abu Shuqeir murdering 3 -Ed.). He emphasized that killing Palestinian and Israeli civilians will only bring about an additional deterioration in the situation, at a time when we all are striving to achieve stability and prevent an escalation.
President Abbas warned against the settlers and others exploiting this condemnable event to carry out attacks and retaliations against our Palestinian people. He emphasized his condemnation of the ongoing attacks against our people and its Islamic and Christian holy sites, which have created an atmosphere of tension and instability.
He noted that the cycle of violence emphasizes that a comprehensive and just permanent peace is the shortest and safest path to achieving security and stability for the Palestinian people, the Israeli people, and the peoples of the region.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 7, 2022]
The mild language of Abbas’ “condemnation”, which was almost identical to the language of his condemnation after the terror attack in Bnei Brak, on March 29, and the language of his condemnation after the terror attack in Tel Aviv on April 7, also reflects just how meaningless these condemnations are to both Abbas and the Palestinians.
On each of the three occasions, Abbas was incapable of simply condemning the attacks, but had to include the “warning” about the “settlers” ostensibly using the attack as an excuse to attack Palestinians, thereby making his condemnation not about Israeli civilians being murdered, but about alleged attacks of Israelis against Palestinians:
of the attack in Tel Aviv
“President Mahmoud Abbas expressed tonight his condemnation of the killing of Israeli civilians earlier this evening, and stressed that the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians will only lead to further deterioration of the situation, especially as we are approaching the holy month of Ramadan and the Christian and Jewish holidays.
President Abbas warned against attempts by Israeli settlers and other sides to exploit this condemned incident to carry out attacks and reactions against our Palestinian people.
He pointed out that the cycle of violence confirms that permanent, comprehensive and just peace is the shortest way to provide security and stability for the Palestinian and Israeli peoples and the peoples of the entire region.”
[WAFA, official PA news agency, English edition, March 29, 2022; WAFA, official PA news agency, March 29, 2022, Official PA daily Al-Hayyat Al-Jadida, March 30, 2022]
“[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killing of Israeli civilians yesterday evening, Thursday [April 7, 2022], in a shooting operation in the heart of Tel Aviv. He emphasized that the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians will only lead to an additional deterioration of the situation, and we all aspire to achieve stability, particularly during the [Muslim fasting] month of Ramadan and the approaching Christian and Jewish holidays.
President Abbas emphasized the danger of continuing the recurring invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the acts of opposition by the extremist settler groups everywhere.
President Abbas warned against settlers and others exploiting this denounced event to carry out attacks and responses against our people.
His Honor noted that the cycle of violence emphasizes that a comprehensive and just permanent peace is the shortest and safest way to provide security and stability to the Palestinian and Israeli peoples and to the region’s peoples.”
[WAFA, official PA news agency, April 8, 2022; official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 9, 2022]
While the PA, controlled by Abbas, continues to implement its policy of paying substantial financial rewards to terrorists, simply for participating in terror, Abbas’ condemnations should be seen for what they are: Empty words that mean nothing, said only to satisfy the demands of the international community.
Were Abbas’ words sincere, he would announce to all that the Palestinian murderers will not be receiving any salaries or other benefits from the PA.