Oct. 3, 2019
World Bank Absolves PA of Responsibility for Its Self-Inflicted Financial Crisis – Lt.-Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch
The Palestinian Authority’s current financial crisis is a direct result of its “pay-to-slay” policy. The PA squanders millions to pay monthly salaries to terrorist prisoners and released prisoners, as well as wounded terrorists and the families of dead terrorists. Israel this year began withholding 6% of the PA tax money it collects, an amount equal to that which the PA spends on rewarding terrorists.
The PA responded by refusing to accept the remaining 94% of tax funds, meaning that the depth of the crisis is entirely self-created. The PA then decided to cut the salaries of its public employees as a result of the financial crisis it has driven itself into.
A new World Bank report assessing the Palestinian Authority economy failed to note any connection between the PA’s economic difficulties and its “pay-to-slay” policy. Instead of clearly identifying the PA policy as the root of its financial crisis and recommending to immediately abolish this policy, the World Bank recommended that the international community continue to fund both the PA and its noxious policy.
The writer, head of legal strategies for Palestinian Media Watch, served in the IDF Military Advocate General Corps as Director of the Military Prosecution in Judea and Samaria. (JNS)