Yesterday, the Israeli security cabinet put into effect legislation for freezing funds transferred by Israel to the Palestinian Authority, by deducting 500 million shekels (about 138 million dollars) from the total amount to be delivered.
The law to freeze the funds was approved by Knesset in July 2018.
According to data presented by security officials, in 2018, the Palestinian Authority transferred the aforementioned amount provided by Israel to terrorists detained in Israel, their families and released prisoners.
Therefore, Israel decided to freeze the same amount of the total amount of tax money it collects and collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister, instructed officials to investigate further the additional payments the Palestinian Authority provides to terrorists and their families.
The law stipulates that each year the defense minister will submit to the security cabinet a report summarizing the transfer of funds from the Palestinian Authority to the prisoners and their families. This amount will be divided by 12, and the result will be withheld from Israel’s next monthly tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, responded to the measure later Sunday night and said, “No country in the world should fund the despicable killers who have killed our people. The blood money that the Palestinian Authority gives to terrorists symbolizes the culture of terror and incitement. We will continue to act in concert with the international community against the financial industry that finances the killers and encourages additional terrorist attacks.
The new Israeli legislation received a harsh response from Palestinian officials. Speaking to the Voice of Palestine radio station, Issa Qaraqe, head of the Prisoners Commission, said at the time that the freezing of funds is “theft and piracy of Palestinian money, as well as an arbitrary and racist law.