Records released Tuesday by the Israeli Defense Ministry revealed that the Palestinian Authority paid terrorists and their families more than $347 million in 2017.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the data was presented to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset, which is Israel’s Parliament.
The PA supports incarcerated terrorists, paying those who are sentenced to three to five years $580 per month, equal to the average monthly income of a Palestinian. Terrorists sentenced to twenty years or more, often for crimes involving the murder of Israelis, receive five times that amount per month, payable for the rest of their lives.
Imprisoned terrorists are also awarded bonuses by the PA. Those who are Israeli citizens receive a $145 per month bonus, and terrorists from Jerusalem receive an additional bonus. Bonuses are also paid to terrorists if they are married, with increases for each of their children.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman criticized the PA payments, declaring that the funds perpetuate terrorism.
“The PA pays over a billion shekels a year to terrorists and their families, thus encouraging and perpetuating terror,” Liberman said.
“The minute the amount of the payment is decided according to the severity of the crime and the length of the sentence — in other words, whoever murders and is sentenced to life in prison gets much more –that is funding terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens,” Liberman said. “There is nothing that better illustrates the PA’s support for terror. We must stop this.”