Defence Minister Gantz
Defence Minister GantzAriel Hermoni, Department of Defense

Israel has begun seizing millions of shekels that were transferred by the Palestinian Authority to the private bank accounts of terrorists who were involved in severe terror attacks.

According to a report by Israel Hayom, Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed a seizure order on approximately ten million NIS of funds that were transferred to the terrorists. The orders were signed as part of a larger effort by the Ministry of Defense to fight against terror organizations and the regular payments made by the Palestinian Authority to security prisoners who were involved in terrorist operations.

The funds that Gantz has authorized the seizure of are paid by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists in Israeli prisons, discharged terrorists, and families of terrorists who are serving in Israeli prisons.

The orders were signed following cooperative work by the Israel Security Agency, the National Bureau for Counterterror Financing, Israel Police, the Tax Authority, and other authorities. The order pertains to 86 terrorists who are currently jailed or have been freed and their families and seizes a sum of approximately 10 million NIS. In accordance with the order, the banks that transfer the funds and those that the terrorists and their family members have accounts in were contacted and ordered to withhold the funds. The funds which were seized will be transferred to the public custodian.

This is the second time that Israel is seizing the funds of terrorists. It previously took such steps a few years ago. The Department of Defense clarified that this is not a one-time operation, and it will continue in the future.

Defence Minister Gantz commented on the effort: "We will continue to fight the funding of terror and strike it any way possible, we will continue to act against those who are involved in terror, but at the same time we will also strengthen the financial and social situations of those living under the Palestinian Authority who are not involved in terror, out of a will for stability and growth."