The Palestinian Authority paid terrorists and their families over $347 million last year, according to its own records, the Defense Ministry reported to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A lot of people seem to forget that the modern-day “state” of Palestine began in 1964 as the Palestine Liberation Organization headed by muslim terrorist Yasser Arafat. In 1994, they attempted to go mainstream by creating the Palestinian Authority, also with Arafat at the helm. Arafat, as you may recall, always denied that the state of Israel has a right to exist anywhere on the face of the earth. Palestine was started as a terror state, by a terrorist, and that policy continues to this day. Peace in the Middle East? No Chance. Israel would be a fool to make any sort of pact or treaty of any kind with Palestine.
The average income of a Palestinian is $580 per month, which is what the PA pays terrorists who are sentenced to three to five years in prison. The PA pays terrorists who are sentenced to 20 years or more in prison – in other words, those who committed more severe crimes, and likely were involved in killing Israelis – five times that each month for the rest of their lives.
Terrorists who are Israeli citizens receive a $145 bonus, which, when added to the amount PA pays for the most severe crimes, comes to over $2,900, more than the average Israeli income of around $2,700 per month. There are also increases in pay for being married and for each child a terrorist has.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said, “The PA pays over a billion shekels a year to terrorists and their families, thus encouraging and perpetuating terror.”
“The minute the amount of the payment is decided according to the severity of the crime and the length of the sentence – in other words, whoever murders and is sentenced to life in prison gets much more – that is funding terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. There is nothing that better illustrates the PA’s support for terror. We must stop this,” Liberman said.
Liberman presented the data to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday, along with his bill to deduct the equivalent amount to what the PA pays terrorists and their families, from taxes and tariffs Israel collects for the PA.
The bill is based on a proposal by Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern, which in turn was inspired by the Taylor Force Act, a bill by US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) that would stop all US aid to the Palestinians as long as they pay salaries to terrorists and their families. The bill, named after an American victim of Palestinian terrorism, passed the House of Representatives in December and is awaiting Senate approval.
The Defense Ministry version of the bill will likely go to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in three weeks, with a first reading in the Knesset in the ensuing days. The bill explains the mechanism by which the funds will be deducted. The deduction will be monthly, and will be one-twelfth of the amount that the PA paid terrorists in the previous year.
A “terrorist” is defined in the bill as anyone who committed a security offense, whether or not he or she was convicted by a court or still living.
Each year, the defense minister will bring the Ministerial Committee for National Security a report on how much the PA paid terrorists, directly or indirectly. The report will be classified, but the defense minister will be allowed to publicize a summary consisting of non-classified information from the report.
The ministers will then decide whether or not to deduct the amount paid to terrorists from the taxes and tariffs collected by the Israeli government for the PA. They can decide to deduct a smaller sum than what the PA had paid the terrorists.
The ministers can also decide not to deduct the funds, “for special reasons of national security and international relations.”
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter (Likud) said he finds it very problematic that the Defense Ministry version of the bill can allow the ministers to not deduct the funds, which he said “negates the most significant part of the bill.”
“If the Palestinian Authority has budgetary problems, it shouldn’t be the State of Israel’s problem,” Dichter added. “Government ministries have to take into consideration this situation: A terrorist’s entry card to become a state employee is to commit an act of terrorism. It’s not amorphous. It’s very defined. Seven percent of the money we transfer to the PA goes to terrorists. We cannot let this be.” source
A quick timeline of how the modern-day “state” of Palestine was created:
- 1950s – After graduating from college, Yasser Arafat founds a nationalistic terror group called Fatah. The group publishes literature that advocates armed rebellion against Israel.
- 1964 – The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is founded as a network of Palestinian resistance groups. Fatah is one branch of the PLO.
- 1969 – Elected chairman of the executive committee of the PLO, which begins a campaign of guerrilla fighting to pressure Israel into retreating from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
- November 13, 1974 – Addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations. “I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter’s gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.”
- 1982 – As Israeli military troops close in on PLO headquarters in Beirut, Arafat flees to Tunisia. The PLO establishes a new base of operations there.
- December 13, 1988 – During a UN speech, Arafat renounces terrorism and says he recognizes Israel’s right to exist…but not really.
- 1990-1991 – Supports Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War.
- April 8, 1992 – Survives a plane crash in Libya that kills the pilot and two others.
- September 13, 1993 – Israel and the PLO sign Oslo peace accords in Washington. Arafat shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after the signing.
- May 4, 1994 – Signs an accord giving the Palestinians limited self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza.
- July 1, 1994 – Returns to Gaza for the first time in 27 years.
- July 5, 1994 – Arafat is sworn in as head of the Palestinian Authority and the process of establishing autonomous rule for the Palestinian territories begins.
- October 14, 1994 – Wins the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Rabin and Israel’s then-foreign minister, Shimon Peres.
- January 20, 1996 – The first Palestinian election is held and Arafat wins the presidency.
And that is how Palestine was started.