July 2, 2018
- How the PA Encourages Attacks on Israeli Civilians – Yossi Kuperwasser and Sander Gerber
The Palestinian Authority has a legal and bureaucratic infrastructure with 550 full-time employees who reward indiscriminate Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians. In 2017 the PA rewarded 36,000 families with monthly payments totaling $360 million for participation in violence against Israel, while allocating only $210 million in welfare for 120,000 needy families.
In 2013, PA President Mahmoud Abbas signed an executive order granting additional salaries and benefits to Palestinians in jail for attacking Israelis – amounts based on the severity of the crime, and which included bonuses for terrorists who were Israeli Arabs or Jerusalem residents, as well as lifetime pensions to women for two-year prison terms.
Abbas’ website features numerous photos of released terrorists and martyrs’ families being greeted at the presidential compound. It also offers downloads of Abbas’ book that claims Zionists cooperated with Nazi Germany.
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser was formerly Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence. Sander Gerber is a former vice chairman of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Both are Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. (Jerusalem Post)