PM Netanyahu: ‘Pay to slay’ law on terrorists’ salaries will be implemented next week
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting that the law on terrorists’ salaries deduction will be implemented next week.
“Last Thursday the late Ori Ansbacher was brutally murdered. I would like to commend the security forces that worked with exemplary speed and apprehended the murderer within several hours. Sooner or later, in this case sooner, the long arm of Israel will reach all those who hurt us and we will settle accounts with them.
For myself, the Cabinet and the entire people of Israel, I would like to send our sincerest heartfelt condolences to the Ansbacher family in their terrible grief”.
“By the end of the week, the work on implementing the law on deducting terrorists’ salaries from the Palestinian Authority’s tax returns will be completed. Next Sunday I will convene the Security Cabinet and we will approve this. Let nobody doubt it, the funds will be deducted next week”.
In 2018, Israel passed a law to deduct ‘Pay to Slay’ terrorists’ salaries from the Palestinian Authority.
According to the law’s sponsors, the PA paid terrorists over NIS 4 billion over the past four years, with NIS 1.2 billion being paid in the last year alone.
The law says that welfare payments paid out by the PA to Muslim terrorists in Israeli prisons and to their families, as well as the families of terrorists eliminated during terror attacks, must be deducted from tax revenues Israel transfers annually to the administrative body.
The money withheld in this way would instead go into a fund designated to help victims of terror attacks.