Father of Taylor Force coming to Israel for vote

Taylor Force’s murder led to the March 2018 passage of the Taylor Force Act in both houses of Congress, which cuts US aid to the PA until it stops paying terrorists and their families.

June 29, 2018 19:57
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Taylor Force, 29, was killed by a Palestinian terrorist who went on a stabbing rampage in Jaffa on March 8, 2016. (photo credit: FACEBOOK)

A Knesset vote on Monday, expected to pass into law a historic bill aimed at stopping the Palestinian Authority from paying terrorists and their families, will be attended by Stuart Force, whose son, US Army Captain Taylor Force was murdered in Tel Aviv in 2016.

Taylor Force’s murder led to the passing earlier this year of the Taylor Force Act in both houses of Congress. The act cuts US aid to the PA until it stops paying terrorists and their families. Monday’s vote in the Knesset requires the government to deduct the amount the PA pays terrorists from the taxes and tariffs Israel collects on behalf of the PA.

This will be the first visit to Israel for Stuart Force, whose son was traveling with other graduate students from Vanderbilt University studying global entrepreneurship when he was stabbed on the Tel Aviv Promenade.

He was invited by the co-sponsors of the bill in the Knesset: Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee head Avi Dichter (Likud), who met with Force in Washington two weeks ago, and Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern.

The Middle East Forum is helping sponsor Force's visit.

While he is in the country, Force will attend a US Independence Day party hosted by American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman Tuesday at Airport City.

“Stuart’s trip is symbolic of the joint efforts of the American and Israeli governments to combat the Palestinian Authority’s pay-toslay infrastructure,” said Sander Gerber, a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, who helped organize the visit. “It took the shocking killing of Captain Taylor Force to inspire Congress to pass the Taylor Force Act and now the Knesset is following suit to try to force the PA to stop rewarding and incentivizing terror against Israelis.”

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