Israel passes historic law to cut funds to Palestinian Authority over ‘pay to slay’ policy

By Jewish News Syndicate— Israeli lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation late on Monday that withholds tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority to offset salaries paid by Ramallah to terrorists or their families. The bill, which passed 87-15, aims at putting to an end Palestinian Authority practices dubbed “pay to slay,” which provide salaries to Palestinian and…

Australia Ends Direct Aid to Palestinian Authority

By Israel Hayom— Australia said Monday that it has ended direct aid to the Palestinian Authority because Australian donations could increase the self-governing body’s capacity to pay Palestinians convicted of “politically motivated violence.” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia had cut funding to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recovery and Development…

Trump’s Peace Plan Reported: Four Neighborhoods in Jerusalem as PA Capital

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News— On Friday morning it was reported that US President Trump’s plan for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) was revealed to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman during his visit to Washington last week. According to the report, Israel will be called upon to relinquish…

The Palestinian leadership’s promotion of death-seeking culture

BY Earl Cox, JPost— Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s priorities are not geared toward helping his people, but on maintaining his grip on power, privilege, and finagling foreign aid. The PA’s increased payments to terrorists and their families to $403 million a year, from $347 million last year are a stark incentive to violence and…

Palestinians slam Congress’s passage of Taylor Force Act

By Michael Wilner, JPost— The PLO excoriated Congress on Friday for passing the Taylor Force Act, a law that threatens to freeze State Department funds to the Palestinian Authority unless it ends its longstanding practice of compensating terrorists and the families of terrorists convicted in Israeli courts. The PLO envoy to Washington, Husam Zomlot, dismissed…

Hamas seeking alliance with Iran, Hezbollah to foil Trump peace plan – report

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, Times of Israel— Hamas has bolstered its relations with Iran and Hezbollah and is consulting with Russia and China as part of an effort to thwart US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip said Thursday. “Hamas is working to forge…