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Israel said the sum represented the amount the PA pays to families of Palestinians jailed in Israel or killed while carrying out attacks or other security offenses.
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that his government was “prepared for all scenarios in case Israel deducts money from the tax and tariff duties.”
At least 230 million shekels were paid in salaries to terrorist prisoners, according to PMW, and at least 176 million shekels were paid in salaries to released terrorist prisoners.
The law passed in its final reading by a vote of 87 to 15, with the support of MKs from every faction, except for Meretz and the Joint List.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Hirsch said that the PA allocated 1.2 billion shekels to its annual budget for rewarding terrorists and people wounded or killed in terror and non-terror related incidents.
By MAAYAN HOFFMAN
PA acknowledges NIS 1.2 billion annual budget for payments in 2017 and 2018
By HERB KEINON
“This is unconscionable and must stop if there is to be any hope for peace.”
By MICHAEL WILNER IN WASHINGTON,HERB KEINON,KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The U.S. mission to the United Nations declined to comment on Greenblatt's remarks. The Palestinians have condemned the Israeli decision as "piracy."
“[Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu goes to the polls at the expense of Palestinians’ blood livelihood,” Sheikh said.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
“We won’t abandon the families of the prisoners and martyrs," PA officials said. Israeli and US officials call it a "pay-to-slay" program that encourages terrorism.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the security echelon to further investigate the scope of the payments, and to adjust the sums to be deducted accordingly.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF,HERB KEINON
“We are a people under occupation, which is the ugliest form of terrorism,” Hussein al-Sheikh added. “We have the right to liberty and independence.”
The Palestinian leadership threatened that if it did not receive $61 million in “security cooperation” money from the US government, it would stop cooperating with Israel.
By ALAN JOSEPH BAUER
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