Bezalel Smotrich
Bezalel SmotrichYonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich on Wednesday ordered the Director of the Israel Tax Authority, Eran Yaacov, to transfer an amount of 3.2 million shekels from the Palestinian Authority's funds to victims of terrorism.

This follows the 138.8 million shekels that were transferred in January to the victims of terrorist acts in order to fulfill a court ruling from the past.

Minister Smotrich said, "I signed on to the offset of the terrorist funds that the Palestinian Authority transfers to the families of terrorists. We deducted 3.2 million shekels which will be transferred as compensation to the families of victims of terrorism."

"The State of Israel stops the financing of terrorism by the Palestinian Authority. We will not allow this absurd situation to happen," he added.

The Israeli government has several times in the past decided to offset the tax money it collects on behalf of the PA because of the monthly financial aid it provides to families of terrorists.

PA officials have remained defiant and have made clear that the PA will never cease paying terrorists' salaries.