For more than two decades, the Palestinian government has dedicated as much as half of its foreign aid to payouts for terrorists and their families. That amounts to monetary rewards for attacking and killing Israelis, Americans and others, with U.S. taxpayers inadvertently funding Palestinian terrorism. But we are one giant step closer to ending this gross misuse of American taxpayer money, with the U.S. House of Representatives set to vote Tuesday on the Taylor Force Act.
The bipartisan legislation would halt aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it stops its longtime system of rewards and bonuses for terrorism enshrined in a comprehensive series of Palestinian laws and decrees. These provide imprisoned terrorists monthly stipends of as much as $3,429, along with $25,000 one-time bonuses and post-prison civil service jobs that pay three times the average monthly Palestinian wage.
The amounts of the payouts depend on the length of the prison term. So the more severe the attack, the longer the sentence, and the greater the financial reward. These payouts date back to the 1960s.
Read the full Op-ed from Nathan Diament at the NY Daily News