Legislation to sharply reduce the annual $300 million in US aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it take steps to stop payments that reward Muslim terrorists who murdered Israelis, is set to be passed by the US Congress this week as part of a major spending bill unveiled on Wednesday.
The measure, known as the Taylor Force Act, was named after a 29-year-old American military veteran fatally stabbed by a Muslim terrorist while visiting Israel in 2016.
The act is intended to stop the Palestinian Authority from paying stipends, referred to as “martyr payments,” to the families of terrorists eliminated or imprisoned by Israeli authorities. The payments can reach $3,500 a month.
Force’s terrorist was eliminated by the Israel Police, and his murderer’s family receives such a monthly payment.
US House of Representatives and Senate leaders reached an agreement on Wednesday on the massive omnibus spending bill, which they aim to pass by Friday night.
Force’s parents live in South Carolina, the home state of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who introduced the legislation.
“Passage of the Taylor Force Act will give us much needed leverage with the Palestinians to push back on this outrageous policy,” Graham said in a statement on Wednesday.
The measure has been working its way through Congress for some time. Despite the generally strong pro-Israel sentiment of most lawmakers, it was held up by the concern of some members of Congress that cutting too much aid could lead to increased Muslim unrest and instability.