ISRAEL - Palestinians Paid Over $136 Million to Terrorists

Arno Froese

The Palestinian Authority spent at least NIS 502 million in payments to terrorist prisoners in 2018, according to a report by the Israeli research institute Palestinian Media Watch.

PMW has provided the Defense Ministry with its calculations ahead of a first-time implementation of the Stern Law, an Israeli law that was approved in July 2018 and that is supposed to be implemented for the first time in January 2019.

The law mandates that the government deducts, on a monthly basis, 1/12 of the sum given to support terrorists and their families from the taxes and tariffs Israel collects and transfers to the Palestinian Authority, based on the amount distributed in the previous year—in this case, in 2018.

“The law that imposes monetary sanctions on the PA because of its payments to terrorists is one of the most important laws passed in Israel in recent years, because it sends a clear message to the Palestinian Authority that Israel will by no means accept its support for terrorism,” said PMW director Itamar Marcus.

“Raise your hands high if you agree with me that [Palestinian] President [Mahmoud] Abbas should stop paying terrorists to murder Jews,” Netanyahu said in [a] speech. “You know how much he pays? He pays about $350 million a year to terrorists and their families. Each year. That’s about a little less than 10% of the total Palestinian budget. That’s an incredible number, he pays Hakim Awad, the terrorist who murdered this beautiful family of Ehud and Ruth Fogel and their three children and a 3-month-old baby girl, he pays Hakim Awad this murderer.”

“Over the lifetime of this killer he will be receiving $2 million,” Netanyahu continued. “I have a message for President Abbas. Stop paying terrorists! Because what message does this send to Palestinian children? It says murder Jews and get rich!”, 24 January 2019

Arno's commentary

Arab Palestinians who have committed acts of terrorism against Jewish people are considered heroes and rewarded by the Palestinian Authority. Those who are killed during a terrorist act are called martyrs. The family of such persons is highly esteemed, and in some cases, public places or streets are named in their honor. Yet the world at large continues to insist that Israel is the oppressor of the Arab Palestinian aspiration for peace, dignity, and security.

Actually, Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism or, in plain words, anti-Jewish sentiment seems to be increasing in popularity throughout the world. Here, the last two verses of the prophet Zephaniah are applicable: “Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord” (Zephaniah 3:19-20).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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