Is the Israeli government financing terrorism against its own citizens? Did Gantz break the law when transferring “advance payments” and “loans” to the Palestinian Authority earlier this year? These were some questions posed to the Ministries of Defence and Finance by the Litigation Department of the Kohelet Policy Forum two months ago, which just received a worrying response.
According to Israeli law, any payments made by Israel to the Palestinian Authority must deduct the amount that the PA paid in the previous year to terrorists or their families. These payments, known colloquially as “Pay For Slay,” are fixed pensions paid by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists, including Israeli citizens, as direct compensation for the murder of Jews.
“Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God.” Deut. 25:17-18
The payment amount is determined by the number of people killed in the attack and the severity of the terrorist’s sentence. A murderer (or his family) can receive a sum that equals five times the average salary in the Palestinian Authority.
After months of silence, the Ministry of Finance just sent a cryptic response stating that “it had made a deduction in accordance with the law.” However, it did not explain how the “advance payments” and “loans” conform to the law and offered no legal source that could justify them.