The bill will require the PA to pay additional taxes for financially sponsoring terrorists and their families.
The Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee votes on the proposed bill.
In the West Bank, when a terrorist commits an attack on Israeli citizens, the Palestinian authority pays a salary to the terrorist’s family for the rest of their lives. Now, the Israeli Parliament intends to vote on a bill meant to discourage such financial incentives from the PA. The Bill, which passed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee today, will require the Palestinian Authority to pay additional taxes for each terrorist’s family that is given financial support. The bill has garnered support both from Netanyahu’s coalition, as well as from members of the opposition.
In 2017, the Palestinian Authority paid terrorists and their families over a billion NIS ($347 million), and has budgeted over 1.4 billion NIS ($403 billion) for terrorist rewards in 2018. Many Members of Knesset hope that the passage of this new bill will sufficiently discourage the Palestinian Authority from continuing to pursue such activities.
Palestinian terrorists and their families receive salaries based on differing tiers of terrorism, as outlined here:
Salaries of terrorists paid by the PA. (JOL Staff)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the tax revenue raised from this bill will be allocated towards repairing the damage done to Israeli farmers’ fields by flaming and explosive kites sent from the Gaza strip. Netanyahu went on to state that “Justice should be done here. Whoever burns fields should know it has a price.”
The salaries provided to terrorists and their families can be a large incentive for Palestinians in the West Bank, considering the extremely low per-capita average income in the West Bank territories. An average Palestinian in legal employment in the West Bank can expect to receive a monthly salary of about $580 per month. In contrast, a married man with three children who commits an act of terrorism and is placed in prison on a 20-year sentence, can expect his family to receive almost $3,000 per month, for the rest of their lives. For example, a West Bank terrorist who murdered three Israeli civilians will receive over $3,478,015 from the Palestinian Authority during his lifetime.
Since 20-year sentences are usually handed out only in situations where Israeli civilians were killed (or their killing was attempted), and since the salary for such an action is almost six times larger than the average Palestinian salary, one can surmise that the Palestinian Authority is directly incentivizing the murder of Israeli civilians.
The bill which will be voted on by the Knesset in the coming weeks, is meant to make it financially unfeasible for the Palestinian Authority to continue handing out such salaries to Palestinian terrorists and their families.
The Palestinian Authority receives financial aid from multiple countries, including the United States. Therefore, the United States is inherently indirectly incentivizing terrorism against Israeli Civilians. Until the proposed bill, it was thought that nothing could prevent this fact.