In the wake of Mahmoud Abbas' appalling performance at the U.N. last week — and based on all past evidence the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) head has ever presented — today's news should come as no surprise. But it is still shocking to see outright support of murder, nonetheless. Arutz Sheva's Gary Willig reports that Abbas and the P.A. will not give in to American and Israeli pressure for them to stop payments to terrorists and their families:
The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported that "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr emphasized that the leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, will continue to support the resolve of the prisoners and their families and will not succumb to the Israeli and American pressures calling to stop the Martyrs' (Shahids) and prisoners' salaries (rawatib) and allowances (mukhassasat)."
Abu Bakr further "expressed his pride in the prisoners, who did not hesitate to sacrifice years of their lives for the freedom of the country and the people..."
Abu Bakr's comments echoed PA Chairman Abbas who recently said that Palestinian Arab terrorists and murderers are "stars in the sky":
Abbas also stated that the last PA penny would be spent on prisoners before being used for ongoing PA expenses. Abbas can say this because he knows that while foreign donors refuse to pay salaries to Palestinian terrorists many are willing to fund other PA expenses...