The United States Congress recently passed what is known as the Taylor Force Act, which will cut American aid to the Palestinian Authority unless the P.A. stops its practice of paying terrorists and their families. However, The Jerusalem Post's Yonah Jeremy Bob reports, the P.A. has responded with defiance, stopping its attempts to hide such funding of terrorism:
After three years of disguising its payments to families of martyrs and imprisoned terrorists, the Palestinian Authority has lifted its veil on those payments in a “blatant act of defiance against the US,” a new intelligence center report says.
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report, obtained by The Jerusalem Post prior to it being posted online, argues that the PA’s removal for the first time of its disguise on payments is its response to the Taylor Force Act.
The recently passed United States Taylor Force Act stipulates that portions of US aid to the PA will be cut back until it stops paying stipends to prisoners, released terrorists and families of “shahids,” the Arabic word for martyrs—terrorists who die while carrying out violent acts.
Since 2014, the amount allocated to the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs has been removed from the PA budget “in an attempt to disguise the fact that it is the PA that finances the payments to imprisoned and released terrorists,” says the report.
The PA transferred the Commission to the PLO so it would not need to disclose the funding to western donors who gave money only to the PA, a financial gimmick that allowed the PA to omit the item from its budget.
Now, the intelligence center says, the amount earmarked for the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs has once again been openly included in the PA budget.
The Meir Amit Center's assessment is that “this is a blatant act of defiance against the US” in response to the passing of the Taylor Force Act...