By Ariel Kahana, Israel Hayom—
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday vowed for the first time to enact the “terrorist salaries law” – and even outlined a timetable for its implementation.
The legislation allows the government to deduct the amount the Palestinian Authority pays to terrorists and their families from the taxes Israel collects on the PA’s behalf. The law also requires the Defense Ministry to provide the cabinet with data on the amount the PA pays terrorists and their families. The Finance Ministry will then withhold that amount from the tax funds.
Netanyahu’s announcement came after the Shin Bet security agency said Sunday that the brutal slaying of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher by a Palestinian near Jerusalem last week was a “nationalistic” terrorist attack.
Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said: “By the end of the week we will finish the necessary administrative work to enact the terrorist salaries law. Next Sunday I will convene the cabinet and we will pass the necessary decision to deduct the funds. The funds will be deducted, let there be no doubt about that.”
The prime minister’s comments came following local media reports that in January Israel transferred the PA the entire sum of taxes it collects on its behalf. This was done despite that fact that in January the cabinet, as stipulated by the new legislation, was supposed to have deducted the sum of PA terrorist salaries from those taxes.
New Right party leader Naftali Bennett assailed Netanyahu after it was revealed that the entire amount had been transferred, saying that terrorists are no longer afraid because they know they will have secured lifetime economic benefits for them and their families.
“The prime minister must enact the terrorist salaries law that was passed but hasn’t been implemented yet,” he said. Continue Reading…