'This law is critical to Israel's security'

Ministerial Committee for Legislation discusses Oslo-based law to deduct terrorists' salaries from PA budget.

Ido Ben Porat ,

Elazar Stern
Elazar Stern
Hadas Porush, Flash 90

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss on Sunday a proposed law which would allow Israel to make it harder for the Palestinian Authority's "terror salaries" from reaching the terrorists who carry out the attacks.

If the law passes, Israel will deduct the terrorists' salaries from taxes transferred each year to the PA, since paying terrorists is a violation of the Oslo Accords.

The proposal was initiated by Yesh Atid members Elazar Stern, Yaakov Perry, and Mickey Levy.

Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) and MKs Avi Dichter (Likud), Eyal Ben Reuven (Zionist Union), Roey Folkman (Kulanu), and Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu) also signed the proposal.

"We have to put an end to the fact that terrorists and their families recive payment for murdering Israelis," Stern said. "It cannot be that terrorists receive salaries for murdering Jews. THe State must do everything it can to fight terror."

"This law is critical to Israel's national security.

"The payments which the PA transfers to the terrorists are not just incitement - they are an incentive to commit terror attacks. The PA is encouraging Arabs to murder Jews.

"We have a moral obligation to stop them."

Currently, part of the PA's budget is earmarked for paying salaries to terrorists and offering financial incentives and aid to PA terrorists imprisoned in Israeli jails. The PA also pays stipends to the families of terrorists who were killed, injured, or imprisoned.

The sum total of the PA's terror-related budget is over a billion NIS per year. The stipend is in direct proportion to the terrorist's level of attacks, with, the more harm a terrorist does to Israel or its citizens, the higher salary will be.

Many of the terrorists receive a salary much higher than the average PA worker.

Terrorists are also honored by PA leaders, with schools, streets and public buildings named for them..

For example, a terrorist who killed 66 Israelis and was sentenced to 67 life sentences was jailed in 2002. He has received 700,000 NIS since then..