US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed during a public Senate hearing that the Palestinian National Authority agreed to stop paying families of terrorists who murdered or committed crimes of violence against Israelis.
Tillerson Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
Yesterday (Tuesday), US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed during a public Senate hearing that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) agreed to stop the transfer of payments to families of terrorists.
Tillerson made it clear that payments to families of ‘martyrs’ who died while carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians are considered a major obstacle to renewing negotiations in the Middle East. He said that Washington pressured PNA President Mahmoud Abbas to deal with the issue.
Abbas and Netanyahu Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
“They have changed that policy and their intent is to cease the payments to the families of those who have committed murder or violence against others,” he explained. “We have been very clear with them that this is simply not acceptable to us.”
“The president raised it,” Tillerson continued. “And I had a bilateral meeting with [Abbas] later and I told him – you absolutely have to stop this.”
Last month, Tillerson discussed the actions taken by the US administration to get Israel and the Palestinians to renew the peace process and said that US President Donald Trump pressured both sides to return to the negotiating table.