Abbas pays for terror with US aid. Pinhas Inbari. @elalusa Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @conf_of_pres.

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Abbas pays for terror with US aid. Pinhas Inbari. @elalusa Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @conf_of_pres.

Palestinian Authority doesn’t even deny making monthly payments to “anyone incarcerated in [Israel’s] prisons for his participation in the struggle against the occupation.”

“This is sick,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “If you commit a fairly low-level terrorist act, you get paid $400 a month. If you commit a very egregious terrorist act — you murder an Israeli or someone else and you get a 30-year sentence — you get $3,500 a month.”

By a vote of 17-4, the committee passed the Taylor Force Act, named for a 29-year-old American military veteran fatally stabbed by a Palestinian while visiting Israel last year. His killer, who wounded 11 others, was hailed by the Palestinian Authority as a “heroic martyr.”

It’s shocking that the Palestinian Authority not only admits to making these payments, it defends this decades-old stipend system as righteous.

The Martyr’s Fund supports “families who lost their breadwinners to the atrocities of the occupation,” says Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador to the U.S. “The program has served a social and security need to provide for our people.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will not stop the practice of paying terrorists, even if he has to step down. “I will not compromise on the salary of a martyr or a prisoner,” he said last month.

The money the U.S. sends to the Palestinian Authority — the Trump administration’s budget request for fiscal 2018 includes roughly $260 million — is supposed to go for economic development and law enforcement programs in the West Bank and Gaza. It’s also meant to help Palestinians who live in poverty and lack the basic essentials of life.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-sickening-us-payments-to-palestinians-20170810-story.html

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