One of the most burning issues for Israelis today – the fight against terrorism. The civilian population of Israel has repeatedly suffered from Palestinian terrorists and has not been able to completely stop themyet. A horrible event occurred in the middle of the summer,2018.In the evening, YotamOvadia was attacked by a minor Palestinian terrorist who killed him. 31-year-old YotamOvadia died from multiple stab wounds. And the most horrible thing is that Yotam has a wife and two-year-old and seven-month-old children. This terrible event took place near Jerusalem. But afterthe murder, the terrorist Mohammed TarekYousefdid not stop and continued his attack on two other Israelis. One ofthem got a weaponon time and killed a terrorist. This is not the first case of an attack on Israelis by the Palestinians.
According to Mr. Vladimir Sloutsker, a well-known politician, head of the Israeli-Jewish Congress, such awful attack, as well as other terrorist attacks on Israelis are possible thanks to thesupport of Palestinian Authority. Itdoes not condemn and even encourages such Palestinian actions. They are also culturing hatredin youth towards the Jewish people. At the same time, the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas openly supports such a policy, and in every way helps to encourage Palestinian terrorists. Besides, the head of the administration did not condemn the murderof a young Israeli YotamOvadia. Terrorist’s family probably received cash payments in the form of life allowance for the actions of theirrelative.
Furthermore, payments to the terrorists and their families are funded by the Palestinian Authority(PA) itself, which should have condemned terrorist attacks. Under this allowance program, families of all Palestinian terrorists who are in Israeli prisons receive monthly payments. Such benefits are much higher than the average salary of citizens. That is why it is more profitable for Palestinians to do terrorist attacks than to work. In 2018 alone, more than $360 million werepaid from the PA budget for terrorists’ benefits. This is a huge amount that could be spent on infrastructure development, education and other important areas of life.
The Administration openly expressed their position that the juvenile murderer is a “martyr”, and his family deserves not only a one-time payment (more than $1500) but also a monthly allowance ($380). This is the so-called “social security” for families of terrorists.
The first reaction to thePA actions came from the United States, where they enact in law the Taylor Act. This is a fair and practical document, which states that the amount of financial support from the United States to the Palestinians will be reduced by the amount of payments to Palestinian criminals who are in Israeli prisons. Terrorists cannot be rewarded for violent acts, and the US refuses to fund Palestinian prisoners. Australia also ceased its support for terrorists. The country wasgoing to send 10 million dollars to the Palestinians, but PA actions forced them to abandon terroristfinancing.
Despite the blatant acts of terrorism and the refusal of some States to support the PA, the European Union does not intend to stop providing help to terrorists. More than €230 million in direct payments were transferred from the EU to the Palestinian Authority. As long as the EU finances terrorists, the horrifying terror against the civilian population of Israel will continue.
In reality, the European Union cannot control where its financial aid goes. And although this assistance is intended for the peaceful population of Palestine, in order to maintain peace, the PA will still redirect these funds to terrorists, investing in terrorist infrastructure. The EU cannot close its eyes on the financing of terrorism any longer. It is necessary to act immediately to stop the violence.
It is clear that many Palestinian civilians need financial support. But any payments to the PA must be stopped as long as terrorism and the killing of peaceful Israelis are supported.