(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS) Hundreds of families of terror victims on Sunday urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deduct the salaries that the Palestinian Authority (PA) pays terrorists and their families from PA tax funds collected by Israel.
Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, a mechanism was set up through which Israel collects taxes—value added tax and customs fees—on behalf of the PA to the tune of about $100 million per month. Israel then transfers the money to the PA.
The PA uses a considerable portion of these funds to finance the stipends it pays to terrorists and their families. In 2016, for example, these payments amounted to $334 million, or 7 percent of the PA’s total budget for salaries and about 20 percent of the foreign aid it received.